A hot playlist for hot weather. No Beachboys.
Wichita Lineman is a blue collar love song. The first in an occasional series.
A brief review of Wodehouse’s novel—cleverly plotted once you adjust to the life of the aristocracy
Films about the Hebrides come in three varieties. The saddest version is closer to the truth.
Scott Walker’s versions of Jacques Brel’s songs combined a big pop sound with some very un-pop sensibilities.
Jean Renoir’s masterpiece invented most of the tropes of the prisoner of war film. Eighty years later its themes still speak to our contemporary politics.
Unfaithfully Yours is not one of Preston Sturges’ great movies. But it uses music in a clever and formally interesting way. And, being a Sturges’ script, there is some fine writing.
Paul Sherwen had a successful career as a British racing cyclist and a commentator. But his secret was that he took the time and trouble when he didn’t have to.
Bill Forsyth’s 1980 film Gregory’s Girl has stood the test of time. One reason: it breaks most of the”rules” we get told about film writing.
Cycling author and podcaster Richard Moore on podcasting, cycling, Bernard Hinault, and Chris Froome’s Giro win. (And the salbutamol case).