New Post

So. I have a new job. It involves, among other things, linking to YouTube videos of songs by not-so-well-known punk bands and trying to remember all the times I’ve seen someone playing Margaret Thatcher. Now to figure out a) Windows 7 b) where the cafeteria is c) how to do whatever the hell it is that I’m supposed to be doing at work. For the time being, let’s be optimistic. Wish me luck. Advertisements Continue reading New Post

Internetted

WHEN I DISCOVER I CAN’T ACCESS ANY WORDPRESS.COM BLOG OR PUT UP NEW POSTS WHILE USING THE ISP AT HOME: (alternative headline: ET TU TATA?) WHEN I REALISE I CAN SEE WORDPRESS.COM BLOGS AND PUT UP POSTS BY EITHER USING THE OFFICE INTERNET OR DOING SOME JIGGERY-POKERY AT HOME: On a separate note, coming up in tomorrow’s Books page: a review of XO, interviews with author Pankaj Mishra and illustrator Prabha Mallya, and my review of The Wildings.  Continue reading Internetted

Real Talk About PR

It’s been a trying week. THE PR EXECUTIVE:   (substitute “Dan” with name of journalist.) * WHEN PERSON FROM PR FIRM ASKS ME FOR THE SPELLING OF MY NAME AND, IN AN ATTEMPT TO REPEAT AFTER ME, SAYS, “PEE?” (Seriously? Peepanjana?)   * THE PR PERSON, AT THE END OF A CONVERSATION, HAVING SUCCESSFULLY ACQUIRED YOUR NAME, EMAIL AND PHONE NUMBER (all of which are in your email’s signature): YOU (OR ME) AT THE OTHER END OF THE ABOVE CONVERSATION: * WHEN A PR PERSON CALLS TO SAY THEY FORGOT THEY TO SEND YOU WHAT THEY’D PROMISED TO SEND ABOUT … Continue reading Real Talk About PR

The Dark Knight Rises

Here there be spoilers and a grouchy moviegoer. You have been warned. First, there are three good things in The Dark Knight Rises: 1. Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle. She’s funny, dangerous and the only one who can make you momentarily forget the pomposity of the script. 2. the possibility that Joseph Gordon-Levitt may get his own movie, even if it is as Robin (meh). 3. From the end, it seems fair to conclude that this is the last Batman film Christopher Nolan will direct, which is superb news because clearly Nolan is bored of Batman. (Hello, Man of Steel). While coming … Continue reading The Dark Knight Rises