Books, music, international literary movements.

Eurovision 2015: Ah, Vienna!

Having watched the 2015 Eurovision final in its entirety, I would agree with the general observation that the entrants this time around were mostly lacking in the somewhat indescribable pizazz that is compulsory if you want to win.

Chris de Burgh: Crusader (1979)

Eagle-eyed readers would already be aware of my previous tutorial, wherein I demonstrated the art of writing a one hundie, two hundie, three hundie and therefore five hundie record review. In this tutorial, using the 'find and replace' function, I show how this template can be used to write a review of any other band or musical recording. Take, for example, this re-working of the 300 word Deerhunter review into a review of Chris de Burgh's Crusader.

Adam Fieled: When You Bit

I read this book while travelling first class on a train from Stockholm to Gavle in Sweden last month but that’s another story. At seventy-odd pages, When You Bit (OTOLITHS, 2008) is a good hour’s read, if you pace yourself…