I am writing through a veil of tears. I've heard the news in the last hour that the actor John Spencer has succumbed to a heart attack. The West Wing is the finest TV programme of the last half of the last century. It is very close to the finest world cultural output of the 20th century. The original creator, and (mostly) chief writer for the first four seasons, Aaron Sorkin, must rank alongside former literary giants, from Shakespeare to Woolf. I hadn't seen season 6 for a whole bunch of reasons: Channel 4's decision not to show it on terrestrial TV; my own finances and also the negative critical response to season 5 (which I thought was fine). I finally… Read more
Ignore the current reviews on Amazon of this record. I'm someone who was firstly a metaller (Flotsam and Jetsam, where are you now?) and have listened to roughly a million metal records of very varying quality. My musical tastes a decade on include world (Africa and India, especially); experimental music; contemporary classical; anything feminista in any music with a kick-ass attitude etc etc. The above means that I like now to gravitate to only the very best of each genre and without going into a tedious musicological slog through Never Born, it strikes my humble battered ears as a sheer rush of an album, charged up, pissed, rampaging. Buy it.