Tuesday, April 23, 2013


I can't for the life of me find the source of this image but this cat and I are similarly unimpressed. Life is sucking me dry. I am constantly knackered and work is consuming all my time and energy. I want to blog but I don't have any enthusiasm or anything interesting to say. Hopefully I'm over the hump now and it should start getting better soon...

*Fingers crossed*

Chuck x

Thursday, April 18, 2013

On Hype

I can be an intellectual snob. There, I said it. It is embarrassing but what can you do? Admit you have a problem and strive against it. Intellectual snobbery is boring and obnoxious and, as with all types of snobbery, it blinds you to new and interesting experiences. It can stand between you and pleasure. Still, I struggle to shake the connection between popularity and badness - if something is popular it can't be good. This is obviously rubbish yet I can't help but find hype off putting. My punishment, I suppose, is missing out on all those great, popular things in the world...

Luckily, I am not totally inflexible and hype rarely lasts forever. Years later, when everyone else is done with talking about how great xyz is, I can creep towards the celebrated object and enjoy it on my own. This is a roundabout way of saying that three years after it was originally published and much raved about I enjoyed A Visit from the Goon Squad. I resisted reading it for ages for all the above reasons but eventually the personal recommendations from people whose opinion I trust stacked up and there was a cheap secondhand copy and it couldn't be ignored any longer.

I remained unconvinced even through the first few chapters because the 'We're All Fuck-Ups Now' trope doesn't do much for me. Yes, it can be done well but so often it is just self-indulgent and self-fulfilling. Egan powers through though and Goon Squad is, thankfully, much more than a beautiful young woman with a shrink, daddy issues and kleptomaniacal tendencies. She explores how we exist within society and how our lives interact with others. The interlocking mini narratives could be pretentious or dryly theoretical but she handles them lightly. They are relaxed and elegant and totally contemporary without being too slangy (apart from some very irritating text-speak in the last chapter which I LOATHE - authors and publishers, please stop already, it is not exciting and modern, it is just. the. worst.). The whole book is just easy and enjoyable while still being gently thought provoking and considered.

It didn't change my life but it was pleasant and if you're looking for some engrossing modern fiction you could do much worse. And there was a conclusion that was worth waiting three years for, right!?

Chuck x

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Five Favourite Friday Fings - Prints Special

Clockwise from top left:

Soulland Babar Paris Shirt - Babar forever!

In conclusion: Babar is the greatest and I would very much like to wear/marry the Soulland's entire collection; antique maps of Paris are irresistible; I am feeling jungly. 

Chuck x

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Bookish Fancies

Wear your favourite book covers via Out of Print. Beautiful designs + literary classics = easy win.

Jane Eyre 4 eva.

Chuck x

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bonus Bank Holiday Daftness

Because I don't want to go back to work tomorrow and sometimes only internet catz will help one's Sunday night melancholy.

Chuck x