blogging, life

Monthly Update

Over at Strange Horizons, my thoughts on this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award shortlist have just been published. The second half follows on Wednesday, so I won’t offer any spoilers except to say that this year’s shortlist is worth your attention.

I’ve also been interviewing bands for London’s premier music festival, the Camden Crawl. Most recently, it was the improbably monikered Cerebral Ballzy.

I feel like I should cease to neglect this space, too – and so, for those of you still actually reading this blog, do look out in the next few days for some thoughts on Téa Obreht’s debut, and much hyped, novel, The Tiger’s Wife.


O Blogger, Where Art Thou?

The short version: life continues to get in the way. The longer version: I’m not for want of things to write about, but the time since I experienced them flies by so fast it feels odd to return – blogging is, after all, meant to be an immediate medium. Mostly, this smacks of falling out of the habit. I need to get back into the saddle.

In the meantime, check the sidebars for new activity: Julian Barnes’s latest collection of short stories, Pulse, is a lovely, ruminative thing; A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s new record should find its way into everyone’s collection; and A Single Man, which we caught up on recently, deserved far more attention than it got at the time.

Finally, a review of mine just recently went up at Strange Horizons. Check out Zoran Živković, you’ll like his work.


Gone Fishin’

We’ve been neglecting this blog: apologies. Life dictates we spend online time elsewhere … but we’ll be trying to get back here and direct content your way. It’s not that we’re not thinking about anything; it’s finding the time to put it in words.

Stay good, peoples!


In Lieu of Content

Frustrated by my lack of blogging, but plenty of topics I could be writing about if I had the time: Josh Ritter’s new album, Frederik Pohl’s Gateway, Iain Duncan Smith referring to a former Secretary of State as ‘Ed Balls’s wife’, David Laws picking the wrong strategy when he decided to look positively excited by all his cuts, two television finales of shows I’ve either never watched or haven’t in years – Lost and Ashes to Ashes – actually interesting me; or, indeed, just plain old life (which is good, thanks!).

But, like I said, no time. Woes. Hope to pick up on some of these soon…

blogging, heritage

Beyond the Gallery Walls

The Fourth Wall...

I’ve just joined Twitter, and I’ve ‘tweeted’ twice.  This is all part of my ‘great social media experiment’ for my museum studies course.  I want to get to grips with how art galleries use blogs and social networking sites to engage with audiences.

And engage they do, it’s a wide world out there, well beyond the four walls of many galleries.  I’m especially caught by the V&A’s resident bloggers: artists and professionals who embody the gallery’s messages as contemporary creators, and extend the gallery’s message from the past into the present.

I’ve been following Stuart Frost’s blog on the making of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, which opened early last December, with interest.  I’m fascinated by how medieval and early modern objects can be exhibited and interpreted for modern audiences.  Also worth a look as is Concealed, Discovered, Revealed, Sue Lawty’s blog on how traditional and contemporary, historical and modern, textile techniques can be entwined to produce truly innovate designs.

blogging, music

Popularity: Pitfalls

This is search bait.

This is search bait.

The most popular post on this blog has for some time now been this one, about Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. Little did I know when I picked up their debut CD at Urban Outfitters in Manchester that, in posting about it, a Google image search would send legions of people here for what was not precisely the most content rich post ever. Stats, how I love thee for showing me that sometimes content != visits.

In case you’re wondering, the CD is still decent but not really mind-blowing. I pretty much still listen to their influences more than the band themselves. Good version of ‘Goin’ Up The Country‘, though.