I thought it might be quite good fun to make a best-of list at the end of each week mentioning things I have seen, done, heard and felt. This is a new idea so it may expand or retract as I gradually refine and determine what is and is not actually very interesting or practical! I would love to see your lists too, so write them below.
“Accidental Courtesy” is a documentary about black musician, Daryl Davis, who has devoted decades to confronting radical racists. Remarkably non-judgemental, Daryl sits with grand wizards of the KKK to try and understand why they feel and behave the way they do. Eventually becoming friends, many of those he confronts change their ways leaving the clan. The documentary takes an unexpected turn when Daryl sits with young blacks in troubled parts of America who don’t see eye-to-eye with his method.
“Selma” is a feature film about Martin Luther King. For perhaps obvious reasons, I don’t know that much about Dr King – apart from that which is very common knowledge – so found this movie interesting and moving. Being a white male living in the UK, I could never fully understand or appreciate the struggles that black Americans had (and seemingly still have) in the USA. It is bewildering how recently the events in the film took place: they should be from a distant time gone by, not in living memory.
“The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason” by Sam Harris explores the place of religion in a modern society and how it is responsible for the terror attacks we are experiencing on an ever-increasing basis. Sam Harris tackles problems of theology with with and intelligence although a bleak outlook is painted. Especially poignant as the terror attack in Manchester occurred whilst I was reading the book, leaving me with a feeling of hopelessness which I reflected upon in a previous post.
“Way Back” by TLC. It may surprise some people to know that I am a big fan of TLC, to the extent that their “Crazy Sexy Cool” album is easily in my top 10 albums of all time. Since the untimely death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, TLC went on a hiatus not expected to return. For me, this tune came out of the blue so I was pleasantly surprised that it sounded like TLC. The harmonies and vibe were the same so I’m awaiting the new album with baited breath…
A laptop. Was in Tesco just to get food and noticed a laptop on offer – £70 off. Seemed like a bargain so me so bought it on a whim, came home, promptly changed my mind so took it back two days later.
CLAUDE-JOSEPH VERNET Mountain Landscape Oleograph Print – Was very happy to finally sell this oleograph. Purchased it at an antique fair in Penrith last year and, even though it looked great on the bedroom wall, it was time for a change so it’s now on it’s way to the USA.
Seeing some press articles about me and my book.
The terror attack in Manchester.