Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
January 31, 2011
American Psycho
My first ever literary encounter with Bret Easton Ellis is in American Psycho, a thoroughly disconcerting (and satirical) look into the life and times of an incredibly monied and troubled young man. The most frustrating and yet essential technique of the book was the fact that sartorial details were described so minutely, yet devoid of movement. Or perhaps it was just my imagination that depicted them in such a fashion illustration-like way (my bad, Bret)...A coldly furious and bleak read, American Psycho is a fascinating peep into the (fictitious?) mind of an, erm, American psycho...? A riveting and disturbing read.
October 15, 2010
The Hunger Games trilogy
The Hunger Games is a great title for a trilogy (though the name of the heroine, Katniss is terrible). Especially because we have our own game that we like to play: Crying Games (it's all shits and giggles until someone gets hurt, innit). The final book in the series has just dropped, and this is what I'm about to crack open. The Hunger Games is based on a post apocalyptic America where a central government conducts a Games wherein a boy and a girl from each district is sacrificed to compete to the death in a specially built arena. It's the American version of Battle Royale, but like, way more emo. Super fun/light reading, and quite gripping actually. Let's see if the third one, entitled Mockingjay follows through...
September 22, 2010
The Selby Is In Your Place
The ultimate in peeping tom into other, cooler, more fashionable, richer, quirkier and more-hipster-than-thou lives is Todd Selby's The Selby. Having previously been an internet only voyeur's dream, Todd has just last month released The Selby Is In Your Place, a coffee table tome full of twee drawings, colourful interiors and people showering. Half of the images in the books are favourites from the website and the other is stuff he hasn't published online yet. So go check it out, maybe buy it if you can to make your crappy coffee table in your crappy apartment that little bit cooler with pictures of someone else's cool stuff.
June 23, 2010
Irvine Welsh - PORNO
There are few reliable clichés nowadays. To say that Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting is an amazing novel that helped to picture recent-born generations is one of them. Porno is what became of those characters ten years later - but now the focus is on sex, not drugs (though they're still a featured subject in the book). Although not as affecting or fascinating as the first - as the problems feel more 'real' this time - the book offers a curious and entertaining read about Scotland’s worst.
March 15, 2010
David Mitchell
You know those films where there are all these supposedly 'intertwined' stories and lives? Quite a cliché concept for both books and movies I suppose, but rarely does it really resonate in either medium. David Mitchell though (not the Peep Show one) manages to spin tales into tightly woven rugs that are quite fantastical yet believable, moving without being overly sentimental, eclectic and incredibly entertaining. He also writes straight narratives too, with just as much panache and verve. I just (re)read Number9Dream though any and all of David Mitchell's books are highly recommended...and he's got a newie coming out this year. EXCITEMENT.
February 09, 2010
A Picture of Dorian Gray
So yes, we've been wayyyy slack in updating the We//R\\Stuffs, which is why I'm going to say now that we began and finished Oscar Wilde's A Picture of Dorian Gray well before we knew it was a film. This is a classic novel about art, vanity, beauty and the consequences of such. 'A Picture of Dorian Gray' is brilliant; exploring and exploiting the potentially corrosive characters of beauty and what beauty can do to a character. Navigating through the deeply dark and light sides of human nature, Wilde's novel is a wickedly good study of society, and echoes with a cackling delight (and despair) at humanity's foibles.
September 06, 2009
Zadig ou la Destinée by Voltaire
Written by François-Marie Arouet, otherwise known more floridly as Voltaire, the story of Zadig; young, rich, handsome and had everything he needed in life to basically roller that shit. Clever, but never condescending, good to women, generous, academic, friend to everyone and had the pick of the best girls in Babylon to get hitched to. This guy has it all to lead the perfect life. But fate and luck apparently have other plans for his comings and goings. Voltaire's Zadig questions the nature of happiness and what's needed to be so; and how destiny and all that jazz can affect it. It's a classic, yo. Highly recommended.
August 14, 2009
Kafka On The Shore
Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore is his usual
heavy and heady stew of pop culture and everyday surreality (is that a
word? It should be). It's not recommended for bedtime reading though
because Murakami has been known to mess with people's dreams, or mine
at least. 'Kafka on the Shore''s protagonist is a 15 year old that we
know as Kafka, named clearly after Franz; and he's a cool, tall teen
with an Oedipal complex who runs away from home to find his estranged
mother and sister. It'll spin you out, but just know that enjoying the
journey of Murakami novels is incredibly important in understanding the
point of them - because often, there isn't one apparent at the end of
them.
July 08, 2009
True Blood - the books!
After we caned through the first season in January 09, we just couldn’t get enough. And since we had eye candy like Vampire Bill to bring to life the books with, we decided to take a crack at the series of True Blood books as well on the hunt for spoilers. We ripped through the first book, the second less quickly, the third was harder to swallow…Hate to tell you, despite how enjoyable the books are for a light read, they also become progressively more ridonkulous and featherweight as they progress. So far, the books and the series only have the basic setting in common. This is a case of the television series being derived from the book being waaay better. Except, we do really much prefer Eric above all, in the books…
June 17, 2009
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