Sunday, 4 March 2012

Seen and heard: February 2012

Inspector Montalbano - Sicilian detective TV series, with more sun than The Killing and better food.
A Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet - a 2000 classic book by super-commentator John Naughton, whose new Guttenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know about the Internet I must get round to reading some day.
An Ecology of Mind - film about Gregory Bateson by his daughter Nora; having set up the framework of the elderly Bateson talking to her as a child, the filmed extracts from lectures address the child in all of us, making him the wise grandfather we all wish we had (or in my case, wish I was).
A Dangrous Method - Jung wasn't as nice as portrayed (he had a filthy temper), but good to see Freud with a sense of humour (which is authentic).
The Descendants - sad and moving George Clooney film, though leaving me without any desire whatsoever to visit Hawaii.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Tertiary Phase and Quandary Phase - the Guide was never so great as on the radio, and these dramatisations of the later books, after Douglas Adams' death, remind me how prophetic he was about the future of human's relationship with technology.
How to Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia - no-nonsense get-down-to-it-and-stop-bullshitting-yourself advice, written originally for academic psychologists but generally applicable.

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