October 12th, 2007

breaking bad

In Rainbows: track by track

Sorry if this is pretentious wank. I may be biting off more than I can chew here, as I'm an ignoramus when it comes to music. However In Rainbows is Radiohead's best since OK Computer, which is obviously divine. I feel I want to mark it, so here is my track by track commentary. You'll make allowances for a half-deaf old broad.

This is a report of me walking to work listening to the album. I'm relistening to it now, and trying to reconstruct how I felt. The whole thing is like a technology of altering consciousness, so that you end up on this giddy height, like when you have had sex or something and you find yourself wandering on this upper level of the mind thinking 'How did I get up here?' or like that Annie Lennox song 'Language is leaving me'. Possibly the right-brain overloading the left brain or something.
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breaking bad

Links you might like

I've been working like a demon all week, so today I am slouching about. The weekend starts here. Here are some great links I have stolen from other people.

My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble. A very silly Doctor Who video by 45eugenia. Guess what it's about. (ETA - lots of Martha - a bit cheeky but made by a Martha fan)

Doris Lessing on myspace (thanks to fjm) I hope I'm half as tough when I'm that age.

Torque control links to a number of good short stories including Dispersed by the sun, melting in the wind by Rachel Swirsky, and Light by Kelly Link.

ozarque a distinguished writer whose work I have been following for many decades is making available a complete SF novel, The Communipaths to be downloaded and paid for at the readers' discretion, along the same lines as Radiohead's In Rainbows. It is about a far-future society which exploits those with special powers. ozarque also has an interesting post up about being number-blind, or as she puts it, maths-numb which people who share that tendency might find particularly interesting.