Podcast

The Waterstones Podcast - Culture

Posted on 22nd October 2019 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all. 


Culture

Culture comes in many forms and we’ve tried to cram as much as we can into this week’s episode. Richard Ayoade takes us to the movies with his inimitable perspective on perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View From the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow. We get the chance to speak to cultural icon Debbie Harry, who shares what it was like to be in the New York of the 1970s and involved in music, fashion, art and filmmaking. And essayist Jia Tolentino talks about the influence of the internet on our culture and why we should be very careful about what we give up to social media.

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Another bone dry parody of cinematic pretension from the comic genius that is Richard Ayoade, Ayoade on Top recasts turgid Hollywood ‘dramedy’ View from the Top as a seminal masterwork of modern film. A marvel of sustained pastiche and clockwork timing.
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From the New Yorker’s brightest young talent comes a scintillating collection of essays that masterfully map the millennial mindset against the increasing disorientation of modern life. Wise, witty and blisteringly perceptive, Trick Mirror is a hugely important contribution to the ongoing socio-political debate.

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From the spit and sweat of the New York Punk scene to the glamour and polish of New Wave success, Debbie Harry has relentlessly maintained her invincible aura of cool. For the first time Blondie’s enigmatic frontwoman breaks her silence about her turbulent journey to global fame, sex symbol status and the depths of addiction and bankruptcy. A riveting portrait of a music icon.
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A remarkable polymath and one of the great contemporary social commentators, Solnit weaves a collection of bitingly intelligent essays around the theme of loss. Touching on disciplines as diverse as philosophy, history and Renaissance art, A Field Guide to Getting Lost is a unique volume by a towering modern intellectual.
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A transcendent study of loneliness, its causes and consequences, that has become something of a modern classic, The Lonely City examines the state of being alone in one of the most vibrant, bustling metropolises on Earth. Interrogating themes of loneliness through art and culture, Laing’s singular memoir is unlike any other book you will read.
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Dynamic, passionate and unabashedly nostalgic, Greenlaw’s love letter to pop music and the culture that swirls giddily around it is written with a kinetic lyricism that befits the beats and rhythms of the form. Charting first kisses, messy break-ups and complicated friendships through pop’s shimmering gauze, The Importance of Music to Girls is a triumphant slice of autobiography.
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Barbara Brown

Is Trick Mirror going to be restocked? View more

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