‘The message of this book is that kindness is hard but that we should all try a little harder to be kinder’ – Congratulations, by the way by George Saunders

The message of this book is that kindness is hard but that we should all try a little harder to be kinder. That feels like a good message for the world so I’m going to hold off on saying anything in any way derogatory or critical (because I could – you could – we all could). And you know, because it’s barely 25 pages of words and the words are big you can keep coming back to this and – yes – I think we will. Don’t you?

Posted at 6:01 am on April 24, 2014 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

‘You just might be a massive arse about everything but that is possibly ok because so is everyone else’ – Let’s Talk About Love: A journey to the end of taste by Carl Wilson

‘This new and expanded issue of Carl Wilson’s Let’s Talk About Love is, in essence, two books – it is a reissue of his 2007 exploration of what we mean by good and bad taste, and specifically how that applies to Céline Dion’s 1997 album, Let’s Talk About Love, and it also a collection of essays that respond to that book and expand its arguments. I think it is worth reviewing the two things separately’ – Benjamin Judge digests the game of two halves that is Let’s Talk about Love by Carl Wilson…

Posted at 6:09 am on April 23, 2014 | 1 comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

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