First things first: Frank Cottrell Boyce's Cosmic won't be out in the U.S. until July 30, but for some inexplicable reason it is available now on audible.com. If you listen to audio at all, I highly recommend this one. The narrator is amazing and Boyce does not disappoint. I'm not going to give away any secrets before my review, but let's just say there's a reason Amanda Craig calls it Boyce's "best yet."
Weekend Reviews? You'd think it was the weekend or something: Review columns and profiles are popping up early this week. Is Father's Day to blame? Here are a few links of interest:
- Karen MacPherson recommends books "to share with Dad" in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Anthropomorphic Literature at the Guardian Book Blog. I've always felt there's a fine line with anthropomorphic literature. As a child, I felt clothes constituted that line. Watership Down was okay, because the rabbits did not wear clothes. Stuart Little was not okay because they did. Simplistic, I know. But I was quite firm on the matter at the time.
Off-Topic: Mondrian has been on my mind this week ever since I read a post on his newfound popularity (again) in fashion at fashionista.
Mondrian's paintings have always appealed to me. I love symmetry and order, perhaps because I find instituting order in my life elusive. When I was a teen I bought a great Mondrian tote in London and carried it with me everywhere. I also had Mondrian posters and, I think, shoes. (Or was it a T-shirt?)
Well, Mondrian prints are back, Natalie Hormilla writes at Fashionista. She begins her post with the following statement: "For reasons unknown, the Mondrian-inspired clothes just keep rolling in." I'd argue that the reasons are quite knowable. Namely, Mondrian inspires when times are uncertain. When times are stormy, and violent, and potentially life-threatening, Mondrian's clean lines and primary colors suggest order can be achieved.
ETA: Anyone's sitemeter stop, um, metering in the past 24 hours?