The Wife

August 17, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

(Directed by Björn Runge) (2018) The Nobel Committee stuffs-up again? That’s no surprise – ask Rosalind Franklin!  But we doubt the entire world of readers, writers, publishers and critics could be so dumb as to believe Joan Castleman (Glenn Close), married to faux Jewish intellectual Joe (played by Jonathan Pryce as a cross between John Cheever and Howard Jacobson), had nothing to do with his sensitive, deliberately-paced, richly-textured, (almost feminine!) body of work, for which he gets to go to Stockholm and get a medallion handed him by a team of flaxen-haired cheerleaders. This #me-too melodrama is based on the…

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Dhalgren by Samuel R Delany

A man who has forgotten his name crosses a bridge at night and enters Bellona, a city where something undefined has happened, houses burn down spontaneously and at times there are two moons, one named after George Harrison – not the adorable moptop, but a large black man with a penchant for rape, who features in pornographic posters all over town. The man who has forgotten his name is known variously as the kid, The Kid, Kid and Kidd. With little effort he acquires a reputation as a poet, gang leader and saviour.  We are never sure if Bellona is a mental hospital, the…

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Farewell, Mr Grumpy

August 13, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Books, WRITING & LITERATURE |

Vidia Naipaul (17 August 1932 to 11 August 2018) V.S. Naipaul was a scratchy character (vide Paul Theroux’s “Sir Vidia’s Shadow“). He was wise enough to recognise his prejudices, but simply too lazy to conceal or deny them.  And that seems to us, in these days of haute moral posturing, of solid, enduring value, together with his legacy of fine, caustic, off-the-wall, bitter humour, most evident in his masterpiece, A House for Mr. Biswas.

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Listening to Buck Owens

August 12, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |

Buck (born 12 August 1929, in Sherman, Texas) was Big in America.  But he was big everywhere.  Why else would the Beatles cover one of his songs?  Why else would Creedence Clearwater Revival sing about listening to Buck while lookin’ out their back door? x https://youtu.be/zZOlu1vyLg8

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Tove Jansson

August 10, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Classic Books, WRITING & LITERATURE |

August 9, 1914: On behalf of everyone who loves Moomintroll, Little My, Snufkin, Mymble, Muskrat, et al…to everyone who appreciates Tove’s statement that “what I liked best was being beastly to Hitler and Stalin,” TVC says Happy Birthday Tove! Of all the Moomintroll books, L likes Comet in Moominland the best.

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