Enslavement was not destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance—no matter how improved—as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children. Our triumphs can never redeem this. Perhaps our triumphs are not even the point. Perhaps struggle is all we have. So you must wake up every morning knowing that no natural promise is unbreakable, least of all the promise of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of the universe itself: verbs over nouns, actions over states, struggle over hope. … [Read more...] about Book Club: More of Your Critical Thoughts
The stay home club
Joni Mitchell takes a long drive by herself in the desert on this heartbreaker from 1976’s Hejira. She searches for the meaning of life in the sky and confides in Amelia Earhart’s ghost before giving up and checking into a motel. It’s one of the best songs ever about how isolating the life of a creative artist can be. … [Read more...] about Music at Home: Lonely Nights
“Keep in mind muscle memory is more about the shape of the muscle and the strength/ use of it than fat loss. Simply not exercising but still eating well shouldn’t be too harmful to you,” he added. … [Read more...] about Home gym workouts: Have I lost my fitness during isolation?
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Cops have been forced to flee from the burning Minneapolis police precinct (above) as rioters stormed the building and set it alight during the third night of violence in the city as protests over George Floyd's death spread across America … [Read more...] about George Floyd and cop who knelt on his neck before his death worked TOGETHER at the same Minneapolis club just months earlier
I’m halfway through making a new record, my third with Ed Harcourt. We haven’t managed much songwriting during this period – I’d rather do it when we can meet up. It’s electro, synthy; the last thing I did was an orchestral record. This really wasn’t the thought at the beginning, but as we got further into the kitchen discos I thought: why don’t we do a kitchen disco tour next year? I would absolutely love it. … [Read more...] about Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s lockdown listening: ‘A child could understand it – stay at home’