My Irish side is hidden by my very Danish name. It’s the side of melancholy, lamb stew, and whisky. It’s also the side of black humour, sarcasm, and avoidance. But the Irish side of me is what probably fuels my love of music, as the very first music I remember, aside form what I heard … More Soundtrack of my Life: “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers
Last night, during a bout of insomnia, I began writing a piece for Noise That Thinks about Arcade Fire’s first album. It was a tentative, disorganized beginning- 750 words and I’m still not sure if it makes any sense, linear or otherwise. Writing at Noise comes with the knowledge that I am currently suffering not only from … More Bob Dylan wins the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature
Here we are, on a Sunday morn, watching football instead of being in church. I don’t often go to church- being single parent, I usually spend my Sunday doing various pieces of housework that need more than ten seconds of concentration and sleeping. Saturdays often belong to various appointments and groceries. I grew up with … More Soundtrack of my Life: “Blake’s Jerusalem” by Billy Bragg
I don’t talk or write about film much because I knew I could never write about film as well as Roger Ebert. I’m not talking about his ability to give quick blurbs and four stars. I’m talking about his ability to express, pretty accurately, how I felt about these films. He was a far, far … More It Was Always About the Movies: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
Desert Island Discs, the long running BBC radio programme, recently uploaded a tonne of their archived programming from the late 90s till now on to iTunes. I highly recommend the series, which uses a parlour game where one person (in this case, a celeb of some type) chooses eight songs, one book, plus a luxury … More If Kirsty Young Called For Desert Island Discs
There seems to be a Sweet Valley High renaissance going on in the world right now. It all started with the news Diablo Cody would be writing the script for a feature film version, which thrills me to no end. This little nugget of info exploded my world so significantly that I began looking up … More Childhood Revisited: Sweet Valley High. Or, I’m an Elizabeth.
There is a new internet meme running around the blogosphere, started here, and being followed here, that I just had to get in on, even though I have three regular readers and am in no way a sparkling intellectual like some of these bloggers. This is easily part of the “Desert Island” list I am … More Desert Island Picks: The Book List