London has changed a lot since I moved here in 2007, and these photos show exactly that period.
In a few weeks we'll be discussing the origins of consciousness, polytheism, language, selfhood, monotheism, and more!
Midlake, "Head Home" from The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006):
But there's someone I'd like to see
She never mentions a word to me
She reads Leviathan
I think I'll head home...
Breaking Away is subtle but incisive. It's about purpose in life, the meaning of work, the haves and have nots, town and gown. It feels so topical, so about the present moment, which is impressive since it remains so fixed in time and place, so candid, so prepossessing. The characters are awkward, lost in such a lifelike way, each with their own hangups, oddities, preoccupations. It's as much about exhaustion as it is about work, as much about hope as it is about hopelessness.
Watching Breaking Away (1979). How have I never heard of this film before? It's incredible!
Bit like Rebel without a Cause or American Graffiti in structure, but very much its own thing. Fresh, unique, exciting, vulnerable, funny, sad.
Hi everyone! I'm moving over from @bkam.
I'm in my third draft of my first novel, which is a sprawling novel of ideas (a "loose baggy monster") set in modern London — or at least 2019 London, before some unspecified catastrophe, which I'm now worried seems too on-the-nose.
Look forward to meeting you!
Writing about/discussing complexity, step changes, and revolutions in between drafts of a Victorian-style novel of ideas
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