My Cultural Week

December 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Reading Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. This is a famously phallocentric book, and sure enough the male member enters on page17 and is centre stage throughout. Not that there’s anything inherently funny about the male appendage (honest chaps) but I’ve scarcely ever read a funnier book. It’s caused me to hoot embarrassingly with laughter on the train more than once. He’s a strange old mixture, is Mr Roth, and one has to doubt his attitude to women. I found The Dying Animal repulsive but I’m loving this one, and The Plot Against America is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in historical ‘what-ifs’.

Watching the Christmas concert at Hebden Bridge Little Theatre. This is always great crack, to borrow an Irish expression. No change this year – highlights included Andy and his hurdy gurdy, some lovely singing, and a sketch written by my friends Jenny and Stuart, in which every single word starts with “S”!

 Listening to The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow. The recent South Bank Show (RIP) programme on Elbow has sent me back to their entire oeuvre, and this recent classic in particular. I owe my sister for introducing me to the joys of the Bury boys!

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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