January 31, 2006
Said the Gramophone continues its "Said the Guests" series with Montreal artist Kit Malo creating art for music by Alden Penner (formerly of the Unicorns). More songs and images will be posted Thursday.
T-shirt of the day (and one of my daily mantras): "Everyone Is a Designer."
Adem, Roberts, Tunng and the rest have been at best treated with profound suspicion, and at worst studiously ignored by the majority of the "folk establishment". Unplayed on Mike Harding's BBC Radio 2 folk show and unheralded at the BBC Folk Awards, the new artists have set up their own parallel scene, sometimes dubbed "twisted folk" or "outsider folk" - with its own clubs and festivals.
The Royal Society of Literature asked authors Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling and poet Andrew Motion to list their top ten books for schoolchildren. Some authors, like Nick Hornby, declined.
Some writers asked to contribute lists felt unable to do so. Nick Hornby said: "I used to teach in a comprehensive school, and I know from experience that many children are not capable of reading the books that I wanted them to read. If I choose 10 books that I think would be possible for all, it wouldn't actually be a list that I would want to endorse. I think any kind of prescription of this kind is extremely problematic."
The Good Life may be the most provocative novel yet about September 11, precisely because it dares to suggest that most of us weren't changed at all.
"to imply that we've abandoned independent retail & distribution (why would we do that?) is not accurate. but running any kind of business (unless you truly are just out for a buck and yourself alone) is a minefield of dilemmas like this -- that's what capitalism creates -- tensions between artist/consumer/business that are not always easily squared."