Wednesday, August 18, 2010
What I've been listening to
Stephen Fry’s English Delights, but it’s worth mentioning again. Robert Winston’s recent series on the great composers of the past and the medical conditions they had (or may have had) is fascinating, Schubert and Beethoven especially. Very good for reminding me what a wimp I am for feeling troubled by the hardship of typing with a sore finger. Richard Dawkins’ series on the Age of the Genome is well worth listening to for an interesting overview of the decade following the decoding and sequencing of the human genome. I also recommend Michael Butt’s play about the mysterious death of Christopher Marlowe, Unauthorised History: The Killing, for anyone who likes mystery or Marlowe. The radio series of Christopher Marlowe Mysteries by Ged Parsons is next on to listen to list. My current enthusiasm for all things Dickens also led me to listen to Bleak Expectations (romping and hilarious pastiche) again and I found it to be just as delightful a second time around. Episode 6 of the second series is up on BBC iPlayer for any one curious enough to try it out from there. I realise I’ve neglected to acknowledge the joy of music at all in this post about all delights audio which understandably fills me with guilt and shame. As some recompense I shall mention that Axis of Awesome are as good as their name suggests and that their four chords song is a work of genius. (Also it turns out that I really like a bunch of four chord songs).