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Recently read: Lost Connections by Johann Hari

When chatting with a consellor in January about some bouts of low mood and mental fatigue, I described one symptom as a strange sense of disconnection. And while the recent lockdowns during the pandemic were obvious contributors to that, they didn’t feel like the full story.

I’ve just read Join the Future, by Matt Anniss

It’s important to set the record straight. Normally when people talk about the early UK scene the same few things get mentioned. The real underground never gets talked about."

Matt Anniss’s book 'Join the Future'
My copy of Join the Future

I’ve been listening to lots of jazz of late and loved seeing Herbie Hancock live in August 22.

So I thought I’d explore further and listen to the audio recording of Herbie’s autobiography Possibilities, narrated by the great man himself.

I really enjoyed it. Herbie’s story is really interesting and entertaining. He’s been at the forefront of so many iconic scenes – from playing in Miles Davis’s band, to writing many classics of his own, to breaking new ground with his Mwandishi sextet and the Headhunters.

I love his carefree and curious spirit and his willingness to experiment with technology (from the fender Rhodes, to other synths, to the internet) and take risks in other aspects of life.

What a talent and what a guy!

I’ve started reading Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler.

I’ve just finished reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Isihiguro.

Afterwards I was also keen to see the film, which I enjoyed. It featured great performances by Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in particular, and a haunting score. Although I enjoyed the book, I found it a little slow-paced and so watching the film helped bring it all together (despite taking a few liberties with the plot).

Lastly, I enjoyed this short interview with the author in which he interestingly remarked that the sci-fi element was just a device to support the primary topic of managing friendship and loving relationships within our short lifetimes.

I’ve started reading Recursion by Blake Crouch.

An ebook boilerplate (on Go Make Things)

My ebook boilerplate is a command-line script that uses Pandoc, wkhtmltopdf, and Calibre to compile all of the files, syntax highlight code snippets, and automatically generate all of the file formats.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

In my ongoing quest to catch up on books I should have read years ago, I recently finished reading “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” – the book on which Bladerunner was based.

A photo of the book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

I’ll tell you wot – that woz a propa’ poolside page-turner and no mistake. Nice work Russ Forman.

Laurence with a copy of “Harry’s Kebabs” by Russ Forman
Me with my copy of “Harry’s Kebabs” by DJ Dribbler

1984 by George Orwell

I’ve just read 1984 by George Orwell. I know, I know… I should have done this a long time ago. Anyway, here’s what I thought.


“Stasiland”, a book by Anna Funder

I've just finished reading Stasiland by Anna Funder, having received the recommendation from a friend.

It tells a series of extraordinary and often heart-wrenching stories from the underbelly of the former East Germany. I thought it was fantastic and highly recommend it.

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