Notes for week of 19 February, 2024

⤳ I did even more record shopping this week. Met up with my friend, John in Hackney to visit Stranger Than Paradise, YoYo Records, BBE, World of Echo and Idle Moments (and some stall on Broadway Market). I picked up some Arthur Russell, the latest Mary Lattimore album, Shake Some Action by the Flamin’ Groovies and a Robert Wyatt album. Very happy. We also popped in to Donlon Books on Broadway market, which is a lovely shop. I got Pharmacopoeia: A Dungeness Notebook by Derek Jarman. No more record shopping for me for a few months though!

⤳ We finished up in Unut 2000, a Turkish restaurant in Dalston. Record shopping, punctuated by beer, cocktails and lamb shish. Doesn’t get much better than that.

⤳ I picked up my Trisha’s membership card this week. It’s official! (IYKYK)

⤳ My parents were down last weekend to see Hamnet in the West End. They really enjoyed it, although my dad had to pay £4 for a bottle of water in the the theatre. I don’t think he’ll ever recover.`

⤳ I finished watching Mr & Mrs Smith and, if anything, I loved it even more by the end. They completely nailed the landing. If you’ve watched it i can recommend The Watch podcast’s interview with its showrunner Francesca Sloane.

⤳ I also finished The Devil’s Candy: The Anatomy Of A Hollywood Fiasco by Julie Salamon. Haven’t picked up a new book yet, but maybe I’ll read the Jarman one just to keep my streak going.

⤳ Some interesting things I’ve read this week:

I spent quite a bit of time catching up on my bookmarked articles recently, so here’s a quick list of everything I read:

(Obviously I read this first!) The Day I Put $50,000 in a Shoe Box and Handed It to a Stranger.

In Athens With Michael Shannon, the Night He (Sort of) Reunited R.E.M.

Death, Lonely Death: Billions of miles away at the edge of the Solar System, Voyager 1 has gone mad and has begun to die.

The State of the Culture, 2024: Or a glimpse into post-entertainment society (it’s not pretty)

What really caused the sriracha shortage?: 2 friends and the epic breakup that left millions without their favourite hot sauce

A Teen’s Fatal Plunge Into the London Underworld: After Zac Brettler mysteriously plummeted into the Thames, his grieving parents discovered that he’d been posing as an oligarch’s son. Would the police help them solve the puzzle of his death?

Kristen Stewart Uncensored: ‘I Want to Do the Gayest Thing You’ve Ever Seen in Your Life’

The Curious Case of the Saint-Moritz Curmudgeon: Adolf Haeberli lives like a squatter in the ritzy ski town—and has become a minor celebrity in the process

⤳ Listening to: