Monthly Archives: September 2010

Dear diary #1: September 6 – September 12

For some reason my diary at work has come to resemble a journal of sorts, so I have decided to transcribe some of the random things I jot down on a weekly. Most of them probably won’t make sense. Dinner … Continue reading

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Authors as characters

I have for some time been obsessing about the idea of authors writing about themselves as characters in their books. By that I don’t simply mean having a character that represents the writer, perhaps an alter-ego like John Updike’s ‘Henry … Continue reading

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The Great American Novelist: Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is everywhere. They call it franzenfrenzy, franzenfreude, franzenfury. The President of the US of A was given an advance copy and now the entire country is confused: is it on sale or not? People are getting angry; there … Continue reading

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Journey soundtrack #4: Joanna Newsom (live)

It’s been years since I last saw Joanna Newsom. The first time I got to see her, thanks to a friend who couldn’t go himself, was magical. Partly because it was in the historical and magnificent Royal Albert Hall, but … Continue reading

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Journey soundtrack #3: Japandroids

Japandroids are a two-man punk-rock band from California; their latest album, No Singles (Polyvinyl Record) is a compilation of their first two self-released EPs. Their setup and music philosophy surely owes much to the White Stripes: drums and a guitar … Continue reading

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