JOHN GASCOIGNE

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Book List 2014

Book List 2014

Here's a list of all the books I read in 2014. (r) indicates a repeat reading. (*) indicates a book that had an especial impact on me. The highlights (appropriately enough in a year when I spent so much time reading the Bible) were two novels that use the first person...

Movie Diary 15/12/14

Movie Diary 15/12/14

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – The movie opens in the ape colony, and depicts the apes in their language, on their terms: it seems almost like a work of anthropology. Their vocabulary of signs and grunts and gestures (and the occasional English word, for...

Movie Diary 15/11/14

Movie Diary 15/11/14

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) – There's something self-serving and a little sour in the way Terry Gilliam conceives of himself here as a Prospero whose magic is wasted on an unappreciative public, but the anachronistic theatre he creates is so richly...

Going Pop: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

Going Pop: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

Taylor Swift's last album Red was, among other things, her tribute to Joni Mitchell. The cover image – Swift looking moodily down, her face framed by long blonde hair – echoed the cover of Mitchell's Blue. Swift paid tribute to (and identified with) the "60s queen" in...

Ryan, I and Brett Every: New Gay Sensibilities

Ryan, I and Brett Every: New Gay Sensibilities

There's been a certain fragmentation in gay culture in recent years. The old centres are breaking up. You can see it in the erosion of the old gay precincts in Sydney and Melbourne: the places we gather now are floating, semi-regular parties rather than permanent...

Movie Diary 10/6/14

Movie Diary 10/6/14

Boyhood (2014) – The movie opens with a shot of blue skies and Coldplay's "Yellow" blasting on the soundtrack; it's basically a square, sunny presentation of childhood. The Coldplay song serves another purpose, however: one of the movie's chief pleasures is the way it...