January 5th, 2014


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Catching the tail end of one of those programs on BBC4 on early British rock'n roll (not yet 'rock') and the end with these granddads playing some rock shuffle thing with words that go 'never too old to rock'. Finding it very poignant, evoking slightly gloomy thoughts about the transient nature of the human experience. You can already see the same sort of nostalgia treatment on punk and on '80s pop. Haven't seen one on goth but it won't be long coming. It is a bit difficult to imagine that sort of nostalgic programme dedicated to power noise and, I don't know, Converter, Winterkälte and This 'Morn Omina but then again it would have been impossible back in the day to believe that Never Mind the Bollocks would one day be Radio 2 and nostalgia BBC4 material. And that has long since been the case.
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[ Books ] Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

Reading Eva Luna for bibliogoth's January meeting.

I thought I'd read that book, but must have been mistaking it for a different Isabel Allende one. I would remember, in any case, that portrait of Caracas in the early 1930's at the time of the 'Benefactor's' death and the late arrival of the 20th Century and the flood of oil money in Venezuela, all of which I didn't live but still was in living memory of many people when I was a kid. And the fact that my mother was a red head called Consuelo (as is one of the main characters in the book...).

Isabel Allende is not perhaps the finest of Latin American writers but she can tell a very good story now and again. I'm enjoying the book thus far. I'm reading it in Spanish, of course, wondering whether I should get the English translation and have a peek at what, if anything, gets lost along the way, etc.