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Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Linton Kwesi Johnson
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matter Of Fact, 1 Jun. 2003
In 1984, aged 14, I was introduced to the work of LKJ by my brother who brought home a copy of LKJ's vinyl album 'Making History'. We were big fans of U2, who were also Chris Blackwell "artistes". I've been listening to oblique reading LKJ ever since. As for the '2, well let's just say they went pop. And this slim volume Mi Revalueshanary Fren I have picked up and read every other day since I got it, especially 'seasons of the heart' and 'inglan is a bitch'. the book's paucity of words makes the contrasts all the more complete. But that paucity is a spareness, sometimes terse. Honesty

Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss
Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss
by Michael Rosen
Edition: Paperback

22 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mexico City, 28 Dec. 2002
Like a lot of other people who grew up in the 1970's I was introduced to the work of Michael Rosen through the BBC's Schools & Colleges television programmes.
In the mid '90s Rosen had a book out in the Penguin '60s series and since it was only the price of a light bulb (sixty pence) I bought a copy.
When I read the reviews of Carrying the Elephant I asked around old school friends did they remember Michael Rosen from the 1970s Schools & Colleges BBC programmes? They did, and each, give or take, had a new Rosen apercue to add to the collection.
Carrying the Elephant is a book of prose poems, spanning decades, and seeing time open and close.
Reading this book is to laugh, and reading it to cry, and reading to revisit language as language is, not for the bucks or the glory, but like to live as a human.
Cry, laugh, clap, laugh, cry.
The area is bigger than Mexico City

On the Way to Work
On the Way to Work
by Damien Hirst
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Infundibulum and Diaphane. Coffee Anon. Seqoia & Apogee., 2 Sept. 2002
This review is from: On the Way to Work (Hardcover)
Damien Hirst is that crazy artist guy who pickled sharks then did the sheep's head in formaldehyde, the not-so-bright-or-beautiful anatomical model 30 feet high , the moving cow, the Saatchi business and so on. But this is not a book of monographs; it is essentially a book of interviews with the artist, except that filtration strata, be they journalistic or otherwise, are removed giving the (prob. false!) impression that we hearing actual conversation with Hirst. And it works because there is none of the journalistic posturing and leading questions and prejudicial braggartry that would necessarily be found in an in-depth interview contained within a broadsheet.
Hirst's fascinations will be well known to those who have seen his work. This book or codex does not Freud or Jung itself or that work or those fascinations into the oblivion of the labelled (and those whose main "entitle" is themselves) or simply chinstroked vowelisations in the correct pitch.
Quality. I'd've given it five stars.

by Irvine Welsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the people under the stairs, 4 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Filth (Paperback)
Irvine Welsh's "Filth" is possibly his most accomplished novel so far. It is every bit as good as, but worlds different from Trainspotting. Detective Bruce Robertson attempts to work it out in a bleak-as-a-fourletterword cityscape, with only his illusions to help or hinder him. Taking the weary 'police procedural' genre and infusing it with a bit of real life (bad food, cheap whisky, pathological antipathy, gender & general dysphoria, jambo neebs, the Jungian shadow self consuming reality, homelessness, empty chritmastimes, Frank Sidebottom CD singles, symbiosis entropising into pure parasitism, revenge, and a talking digestive system), this novel is really kind of novel. And the crazy thing is, despite the admittedly high decibel, unsubtle and unremitting negativity, this book is Laugh Out Loud, fit of the giggles, dribble-on-the-page funny because it is so true to shadow-Edinburgh in a way that the so-called 'real' Edinburgh crime authors HAVEN'T EVEN HAD A NIGHTMARE ABOUT YET!!! Enjoy.

by Martin Amis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of innocence & experience, 19 May 2002
This review is from: Experience (Paperback)
Experience is great read. It is a very selective and stylised autobiographical memoir, with a haunted look about it, and surprisingly humble. After reading it you wish that Kinglsey Amis could come back to life, such is the warm, flawed human portrait drawn of him in the book. I like Experience so much that I keep my copy of it on the bedside table, and reread it in a loop. The bit where a beer can sprays beer over Kingsley is my favourie scene. My only complaint would be that Martin Amis uses too many words like "infarction", "ablution" and "bathetic". I think the book would have been just as good (better, even?) if it had been written in good old ordinary words like "lump", "washing" and "high-falluting". But hey, I have a low IQ so please excuse my episteme!
This book is top quality. Buy Two copies in case you lose one!
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24 Hour Party People
24 Hour Party People
by Tony Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars facing wonderful, facing heaven, facing all, 10 Mar. 2002
This review is from: 24 Hour Party People (Paperback)
i approached this book with some trepidation. a novelisation of a film about factory records? aw, come on. anyway it had a nice cover and i always make a point of judging books by the cover so i bought a copy. and it's fantastic. too sussed to be nostalgia but while readng it those old acr, jd,no, and stockholm monsters tunes were ringing through my ears. the anecdotes are excruciating and hilarious. especially wilsons ill-fated london trip to interview conservative cabinet member george younger. and the one with the pigeons. also the one with rob gretton attacking wilson over the $80,000 suspended board table.

Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics)
Finnegans Wake (Penguin Modern Classics)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars here comes everybody, 17 Feb. 2002
Finnegans Wake is not just the Wake of Finnegan but the awaking of Finnegans, hence the missing apostrophe. Beyond that there's not much to say, because this book's meaning (if it has one) is elusive(allusive? illusive?). Sometimes you feel like you're halfway there, other times you feel like you're stuck in a lift with hyena. But keep going. Like Ulysses you'll occasionally want to throw it out the window, but by the end, your tears will wet the pages. Just don't think of it as a novel, because it ain't a novel.

Time To Murder And Create (Matt Scudder Mystery)
Time To Murder And Create (Matt Scudder Mystery)
by Lawrence Block
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gotham revisited, 27 Dec. 2001
never knew i could like crime fiction til i read block. prose so spare it's hardly there. Scudder is a genius creation, a compulsive read. The ending had me confused though. Or did it? Maybe I spent too long drinking whisky and coffee that day. Or was that Scudder hinself?
Watch out. |Lawrence Block wants you to read his books. You may well do.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get cake now, 25 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Cake (Audio CD)
This is one of those CD's where every track is just top quality. The Trashcans were lazily lumped in with the baggy/ indie dance movement in the early 1990's but their lyrical and musical scope is as wide as the sky. Obscurity knocked for them however, but on the evidence of this and later albums you'd imagine them to be rich and famous. Listen to it and fall over!!

White Christmas Live
White Christmas Live

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kozelek live rocks xmas or not, 25 Dec. 2001
This review is from: White Christmas Live (Audio CD)
Don't be put off by the fact that this is a live CD. The version of Cruiser is miles better than the original on "Old Ramon", and there are new songs like "Admiral Fell Promises" and an unnamed extra track at the end of the CD. There is also some good banter between Kozelek and his Scandinavian audience. Merry Xmas.

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