Just realized that the bug I filed a few days ago, had been fixed already. Very fast work by the folks at @automattic ๐Ÿ‘. Category-archives on my blog display now as intended, which makes surprisingly happy. Wonder what that says about me.

The Thing with “The View From The Cheap Seats”

I am enjoying Neil Gaiman’s work since for a while and this book turns out a huge inspiration and source of discovery for me

I discovered Neil Gaiman’s writing a few years ago and since then I consider myself a huge fan of his work. I have read so far only a small fraction of this work and even though I usually read his books in one go, “The View From The Cheap Seats” is one that is yet unfinished. I’m coming back to it from to time though and tend to read it only in small-ish chunks, like chapter or one at a time.

I find this book to be very inspiring and full of wisdom and amazing quotes. I’m confident that no other book I own, has that many highlights. And most of all, this book has cost me quite a bit money so far. I daresay, it is, not only my most annotated book, it is also easily the most expensive I own, and according to my reading position, I’m only somewhere around 30% into the book.

In case it not yet clear: I enjoy this book a lot.

What it is, is a collection of talks, speeches, forewords and more and it is extremely interesting. Not only does it offer into a view into how Neil Gaiman works and thinks, about the books that made him him and what not, it also shines light on other authors and works unknown to me.

Whenever he speaks/writes about an author, about a work, maybe even talks about how a certain work came into being, what inspired it, I have the urge to check out the work or author in question myself, and this is where this book gets expensive. Naturally this is not a bad thing.

The other day I read two chapters and ended up purchasing Clive Barker’s Hellbound Heart and Fritz Leiber’s Selected Stories. Neither I have heard of before.

Hellbound Heart I only knew by proxy, as it had been, as I know now, the book the movie Hellraiser is based on. I’ve seen that movie only once, more moons than I care to admit to ago, and the only thing I remember of it, is a pale dude with a spikey head and lots of chains.

I do though have the feeling that book and movie, as so often, because books are usually so much better, have not much in common. I might have to rewatch the movie.

Anyway, I enjoy coming back to this book to get new inspiration or simply to learn more about writing, stories, or on how to tell a story. But I’m now more than 400 words into this, and will now stop and continue with “Hellbound Love”, or the Fritz Leiber stories.

The Big Sleep ๐Ÿ“š

Quite a while ago I listened to this Criminal episode about Raymond Chandler, and ever since I planned to read the Philip Marlowe books and had “The Big Sleep” already, albeit vaguely, on my reading list.

Needless to say, I never came around reading it but for whatever reason, I recently purchased the book and as of yesterday I finished the audiobook: The Big Sleep

It sure was a fun read, and as noir as it gets. It’s very colourful and I enjoy this style. I have already purchased the next book in the series as well as added the remaining books to my wishlist and will start to read them soon as well. The audiobooks are in fact nicely read by Ray Porter, who sounds, just like someone to has to read these books.

And a little side information: the podcast episode was published on the 19th of December 2014. In other words: it took me about 4 years to get to it. Fast as a shark.

Lifehack: make sure to remove protective folio on new watch before attempting to charge. Significantly decreases, eliminates even, time spent troubleshooting.

The thing I forgot to write about yesterday

And yes, by the time you read this, the show is long over. I had so much things on my hands that I forgot to bring this up earlier. So… the concert went very well, thanks for asking.

As far as I know it was more or less sold out and we played well and our soloist(s) for this gig, were finnish drum legend Teppo Mรคkynen and Jukka Eskola on trumpet and flugelhorn. The band was very well conducted by Ville Vannenmaa.

Some words about the concert.

Teppo is surely a drummer in his own right, and easily plays the most beautiful style I have heard so far. There is a lot of color and nuance in his playing, he swings, and is never too loud. I sat right next to him in the section, it wasn’t too loud even once and always with amazing sound and swing. It’s a joy to listen to him.

On this concert we performed his exclusively compositions, one of which, Universal Four, featured me on tenor. This was of course an honour, but the tune was a tough nut. Even though the melody is rather simple, the bass figure in return, turned the simple upside down. It was very challenging to hear the beat right, and it routinely made me feel being wrong, when playing right.

Hence, during rehearsals and dress rehearsal, I therefore mostly manage to played crap on the melody. Luckily during the gig, I nailed the melody and the following solo was a joy to play with such a drummer behind me. Thanks again Teppo!

Since the program went so well, I hope we’ll have the chance to play the program again some time.

Finished the audiobook of Homer’s The Odyssey in the new translation by Emily Wilson. The story was rather easy to follow but I’d be hard pressed telling who was who. Basically people got eaten and otherwise killed, sailed on swift boats, got gifts and free food for showing up and somehow everyone got oiled ๐Ÿ“š.