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    Friday
    Apr272012

    Virtuous Misery #2 Martin Amis The Pregnant Widow

    All that hype for a book that was really just what-me-and-my-posh-friends-did-on-holiday FORTY SODDING YEARS AGO. 300 pages leading up to a big Atonement-style turning point that was actually so understated it was barely noticeable.

    Thursday
    Apr262012

    Virtuous Misery #3 Japan

    Everyone seems to love Japan. Yes, Tokyo has great shops and nice food. And few of us could go untouched by the grace and stocisim which the country showed in the wake of the tsunami. However, the architecture is underwelming. The rules and manners are ridiculously rigid, making the people appear sad, uptight and somewhat repressed. The atmosphere is fun-free. And oranges cost five quid each. It's the anti-Italy.

    Saturday
    Apr142012

    Virtuous Misery #4 Westerns

    Every proper film buff, director and critic bangs on about cowboy films. Once Upon a Time in the West, Hud, The Wild Bunch, The Unforgiven etc. Has anyone actually managed to sit through a whole one until the end? The best cowboy is clearly Woody from Toy Story.

    Thursday
    Apr122012

    Virtuous Misery #5 Banksy 

    An ok-ish graffiti artist. There were dozens of better ones around in the 1980s.

    Friday
    Apr062012

    Virtuous Misery #6 The Smiths

    Morrissey is a terrific pop star and a great lyricist but, aside from 'How Soon is Now?', The Smiths' tunes are very, very ordinary and annoyingly "jangly".

    That said, Johnny Marr is a god, not least for his work with The The, The Pretenders, Mighty Mouse etc etc.