Friday, 7 January 2011

Friday conundrum

OK, a nice one for you.

A book or other literature, piece of music and work of art you think I absolutely have to experience.

My recommendations for you:
Book: Walden, by H. D. Thoreau.
Music: Steve Reich's Different Trains.
Artwork: Holbein's The Ambassadors. A complex display of cultural and temporal power shockingly subverted with a skull slashed across it.



See you next week.

6 comments:

ed said...

Book: 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao', by Junot Diaz.

Music: 'You Forgot It In People', by Broken Social Scene.

Artwork: that one with the fruit.

p.s. Know of any jobs going anywhere at all?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jan/07/library-closures-brent-council

Ewarwoowar said...

Book: Anything by Clarkson.

Music: Anything from Sarah Blasko's first album.

Art: I don't do art.

DVD: Duel.

Ewarwoowar said...

Actually, scrap that first bit.

Book: The Lost Domain by Alain-Fournier. I'll have to lend you one of my copies. Quite why I have two is, to this day, a mystery, but it's the best book evah~!

Blossom said...

If you like choral music, have you heard O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen?

In lieu of art and books I'm going to suggest more music- Mojave by Afro Celt Sound System. It isn't challenging but, I think, an utterly joyful bit of music. Best listened to loudly and on something decent.

The Plashing Vole said...

Thanks people, keep them coming. Ewar: I've read the Alain-Fournier. Very impressive. Blossom: yes, I'm quite a fan of Lauridsen, though O Magnum Mysterium is unfortunately the most adventurous of his pieces, whereas I prefer a little more experimentation in a living composer.

Ah, Afro-Celt: very good live.

Mike said...

Book: The Last Inferno by Charles Dark

Music: The Blue Sands