A slight change to the format in this week’s digest. I’m going embed more Tweets and other content (like from IMDb) going forward. Making it an actual review of stuff I’ve posted to Twitter and elsewhere each week.
A sparse post this week. Mainly due to me being busy and it being too hot to read and think about technical stuff! Only three pointers to interesting items. A dozen new music items, though. I’m never too busy or too hot to ignore new music. As always, find me on Twitter if you want to comment on anything.
I’m a day late with this weeks post! Anyway, here you go. Fifteen new music releases and six article pointers. Get me on Twitter if there is anything you want to discuss.
Seven articles and thirteen new music releases in this weeks post. Including details about the spectacular image of the Sun by Andrew McCarthy shown above.
A short post this week. With just three items, one film, and pointers to six music releases that I liked.
Hot off the press: “Ian Robinson’s Weekly Digest – 26th February 2021”. This week’s issue has 8 items, plus a list of the books I’m currently reading. No new films or music pointers this week! (Apart from two embedded playlists in one item.
I binge-watched Season 2 of Dickinson this week. The finale was released today. Both seasons are so good. It takes the 19th-century source material and imbibes it with 21st-century themes. I realise now that the themes from the 1850s are much the same as today. If you haven’t seen it, then I can highly recommend it. It’s worth the cost of an AppleTV+ subscription on its own. Looking forward to Season 3!
The show inspired me to read some of Emily Dickinson’s poems. I bought a copy of The Folio Society’s Selected Poems last year when watching Season 1 and started reading it this week. I’ve never really been into poetry. And that’s still the case! I’m about a third of the way through the selection in the book. So far only the only one that’s grabbed me is this one about the exultation of going to sea (and other things, no doubt). Still, even if the poems don’t speak to me, they obviously speak to Alena Smith, and they inspired her to create the TV show. And that’s great news for all of us who get to watch.
It also inspired me to buy a Stephen Fry book on how to write poetry. Something that passed me by in school. I can’t recall if that’s my fault or the fault of my school. I suspect the former as my school was excellent.
The music that peppers each episode is fantastic. This article in Rolling Stone discusses how the tracks are chosen. If you are on Apple Music, there is a playlist with the songs from Season 1 and another for Season 2.
I read 25 books in 2020. Here are my favourites. In no particular order.