LJ Interests meme results
- byres road:
The main student drag in Glasgow. In mundane terms it's about 5 miles from where I grew up, and in every other way it's much further away than that, and is where I finished growing up. I've shopped there, lived there, gone to parties and made love there, and I still smile when I come out of Hillhead Underground.
- dead ringers:
One of those secret pleasures (like Little Britain) that started on Radio 4 before going to television. Heard the new series on Friday, and they're still making in-jokes about Ambridge, and Brian Perkins.
Isn't everyone in love with their home city? It's a noisy, dirty, dizzy place, where all the stereotypes about drunk Glaswegians with hearts of gold are true, where you get the best curries in the UK, and where we read, dammit.
Gadget gadget gadget: Arrgh! Nano! (see badgerbadgerbadger.com)
- lawrence block:
The best writer working in the detective genre today. Spare, professional, heartrending - the Matt Scudder series is miraculous. Some folk say he's gone soft on Matt in the last few books - I feel he earned a bit of slack for past tortures. Read "When the Sacred Ginmill Closes" or "Out on the Cutting Edge" or "Eight Million Ways to Die". I also like his Buglar books.
- neil gaiman:
Fine writer, of comics and other things. I really liked his run on Sandman (which Dave Sim describes as a mini-series).
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
"This is my own, my native land!"
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned,
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonoured, and unsung.
- square sausage:
Also known as Lorne sausage, a gourmet's delight when wolfed down on a well-fired Morton's roll, washed down with a bottle of Irn Bru. Adding a tottie scone gives you a carbohydrate boost, too.
- tom waits:
An acquired taste, but worth the acquiring. I strongly suspect he's a guy thing, but if you want romance, pain, loss, shore leave and the sound of someone kicking the shit out of a wardrobe, he's your man.
A simple delight, and simply a delight. Maybe the funniest writer I've ever read, and his debtors include just about anyone writing humour in English. Also, the Everyman hardbacks are just the right size for a journey, and a snip at £10 each.
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