Multimedia delights

Four recent delights in four different media:

  • Film: “Little Miss Sunshine”: The Fellowship had to choose a film to see before I head off to Seattle, and this proved to be a wonderful selection. No spoilers – just go and see it!
  • Music: “White Bread Black Beer” by Scritti Politti: Green Gartside was responsible for two of the most perfectly crafted albums in pop history: Cupid & Psyche 85 and Provision. After the relative disappointment of Anomie and Bonhomie, he’s bounced back with another near-perfect collection of songs.
  • Television: “Life On Mars” on BBC America: You can enjoy this wonderful series on three levels: as a cracking good “police procedural”, as a mystery about out-of-body (and out of time) experiences, and as a social study about how life in Britain has changed over the last 30 years. Brilliant.
  • Book: “Impossible Things” by Connie Willis: I bought this collection of short stories years ago, mislaid it, and only rediscovered it as I was sorting out books for packing. I read the whole thing in two sittings. Beautifully written, thought-provoking, and above all sheer fun!!!