A Man Out of Time

BS Johnson was an experimental author in the sixties who challenged the form of the novel in ways that the modern day digitally savvy authors would appreciate.


His most famous book ‘The Unfortunates’ was known as the book in a box consisting of loose leaf sections that could be read in any order – thus replicating the randomness of memory. He not only wrote novels, he also wrote plays and poems as well as being a film maker. I have often wondered how he would have embraced the digital era; without doubt I think he would have been one of its pioneers.

As a footnote I have a very personal connection with this book, because it is about my parents and I am actually a character in the book too.

Read Jonathan Coe’s article about BS Johnson’s work on The Spectator>

Mad Words

In honor of the finale, the New York Public Library is featuring its Mad Men reading list, a collection of 25 titles read by characters throughout the series. The list was inspired by Billy Parrott, a NYPL librarian who has tracked the book appearances since Season 1. It is part of a larger series of Mad Men events that AMC is hosting across the U.S. leading up to the finale.

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Things We Don’t Want to Hear

Having been a judge for radio awards this strikes a chord with me. These are two short films made by Jim Elliott, the new global chief creative officer of Arnold Worldwide, and voiceover artist Paul Guyet catalogue all those annoying phrases, effects and tricks that the juries of 2015 Radio Mercury Award are just sick and tired of hearing. Quite a clever way of advertising an awards ceremony in its own right.

Things We Don't Want to Hear in a Radio Ad (Part 1) from Radio Mercury Awards on Vimeo.

Things We Don't Want to Hear in a Radio Ad (Part 2) from Radio Mercury Awards on Vimeo.

Humans & Stories

A really interesting Podcast by Dr Yuval Harari who chats about his new book,
Sapiens, which explores tens of thousands of years of history and offers fresh insights into subjects such as agriculture, war, empire, science and capitalism. Seemingly the heart of our success is our to co-ordinate, which is driven mainly by our ability to believe stories.


Listen to it>