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Fortnightly Culture Thread November 28, 2021

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gregtimo proposed in comments recently the idea of a Culture Thread.

It’s a great idea. Currently culture is a bit strange, but people read, listen to music, watch television and film and so on – spread the net wide, sports, activities, interests, all relevant – and any pointers are always welcome. And it’s not just those areas but many more. Suggestions as to new or old things, events that might have been missed, literally anything.

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1. NFB - November 28, 2021

For fans of Drive To Survive, may I recommend the Formula E equivalent Unplugged, released on YouTube in its entirety this week: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiSlrzIEN5WJ_RHKkOggSPYCZw3gmiqKD

Liked the first episode of Hawkeye, but in no mad rush to watch the second.

I’ve had Get Back on in the background this weekend, it’s fun listening to the Beatles just riffing in a studio. I had always read that the period depicted was a nightmare between Mccartney’s tyranny, Lennon’s insistence on Ono being in the studio, Harrison looking at the exit door and Starr feeling like a session drummer, but the reality was quite different it seemed. There a moment at the start of Part Three where Starr sheepishly demonstrates a few lines of his new song “Octapus’s Garden” and Harrison immediately starts adding guitar and then Lennon volunteers to help on drums that was really something.

Anyway, I’m off to rob a bank because Doctor Who is a woman.

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WorldbyStorm - November 28, 2021

🙂

Wondering about Hawkeye. Might keep that to Christmas week. Said it elsewhere, the MCU, or MTVU, isn’t go to for me, but I haven’t a problem checking in on the better examples.

I kind of want to see Get Back, but it’s sooooo long. Interesting what you say about the tension not quite being as advertised in previous accounts. I wonder was there a fair bit of retrospective narrative refitting?

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2. crocodileshoes - November 28, 2021

If you have Sky they’ve added the Peacock app. Not much on it of interest to me – except it has all of ‘Friday Night Lights’, one of my favourite series ever.

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WorldbyStorm - November 29, 2021

Such a great series, without question one of the greats. And surprisingly unknown too. I never saw the film that preceded it.

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NFB - November 29, 2021

That’s a real “One of my favourites books, film and TV show” for me.

The book, if anyone here hasn’t read it, is a hardcore recommend for anyone interested in sport and its relationship to the social community that can grow up around it, teenage athletes, conservative culture, racism and academic malfeasance.

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WorldbyStorm - November 29, 2021

A book, wow, that’d be interesting to read.

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NFB - November 29, 2021

Yeah the author set out to make what he thought would be a romantic account of American football culture in small towns, and basically uncovered this absolutely rotten system so ingrained that the people involved can’t even recognise how problematic it is. It’s one of the few non-fiction books I’ve read more than once.

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WorldbyStorm - November 29, 2021

It sounds grim. Sort of like the worst possible aspects that one doesn’t think are possible turn out to be the reality.

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3. Liberius - November 29, 2021

Apropos of last thread’s train cab ride and suggestion the door opening/closing beeps could be sampled for use in electronic music here is a new single by Thylacine called Night Train, horns are more prominent later but it does start with door beeps.

The women’s handball world championships are starting in a few days, all free on the IHF youtube channel, for anyone interested; for anyone that’s not you’re missing out.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxIzSQ_GOWPmpC_V1oQVIA/featured

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WorldbyStorm - November 29, 2021

That’s a fine track Liberius. Just read an interview with him. Sounds like an interesting musician and he namechecks Agoria which is always good.

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Liberius - November 30, 2021

Yeah he’s definitely very interesting, he popped up in my recommendations after listening to Irene Dresel, way back at the start of the year before these culture threads started I watched on ARTE a concert version of his classical music/EDM fusion album Timeless, sadly it doesn’t appear to still be available, that’s a hell of a listen though even just as audio.

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WorldbyStorm - November 30, 2021

Got to say I’ve just been flicking through his work and he does do juxtapositions/fusion in a very unkitsch way. Great spot, thanks.

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4. Klassenkampf Treehugger - November 30, 2021

Guilty pleasure has been Cowboy Beebop.

I don’t quite know why I liked it. Perhaps the grungy technology and no attempt to make this plausible. Plus the lack of childlike moral earnestness that makes me utterly allergic to most filmed space opera. This isn’t really space opera I guess, though.

And the way it plays with multi-genre cliché.

Also the anime-influenced cinematography and ‘modern’ jazz based soundtrack helps. The ending surprised me. It’s not Hollywood.

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - November 30, 2021

Bebop. Of course.

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WorldbyStorm - November 30, 2021

It surely isn’t Hollywood. Yeah, it’s moral compass is complex, definitely there but complex.

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5. Klassenkampf Treehugger - November 30, 2021

If there are any publishers reading they should snap up the English translation rights of Michael Jensen’s ‘Inspector Druwe’ crime series. These are set in Schleswig-Holstein during the weeks of the collapse of the Nazi regime, attempts by the SS to set up an international post-war network, the Dönitz government and the occupation by the British. It’s written from the point of view of a policeman who didn’t join the NSDAP but collaborated passively and actively and has to come to terms with that. It makes no bones about the complicity of the German army and police in the Nazi state and atrocities.

But until that’s translated anyone interested in the post WWII period in Germany history should read Harald Jähner’s Aftermath. It ranges widely over the social and economic changes that Germany went through during the decade after the fall of the Nazi regime. It benefits from recent historical research.

It’s worth it just for the story of Beate Uhse, which was completely new to me.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1119643/aftermath/9780753557860.html

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WorldbyStorm - November 30, 2021

Fantastic, both sound great. Would love to read that first one in translation.

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6. gypsybhoy69 - December 7, 2021

An Cuan on TG4 was very good. A year in the life of Dublin Bay.

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