It starts off well, but I ended up skipping a lot of the stuff in the middle about Ghost Box etc. It's all a bit sloppily presented too; lots of typos and the Burial interview's been chopped about and doesn't quite make sense in places. It's also very repetitive, but I guess that's to be expected. I quickly got fed up with reading the term "lost futures" over and over, also "popular modernism" and the stuff about 70s social democracy.Started Ghosts of My Life earlier.
Burial: My Dad when I was really little, sometimes he used to read me M R James stories. On the South Bank last year, I was walking along, and I found a book of M R James ghost stories. I bunked that day off from my day job and I got this book, and now I’m well into M R James ghost stories.
Wire: You’re joking, really?
The other thing is I'm currently really irritated by that style of writing where people list things a certain way and Mark does it a lot in this book. There's a bit where he quotes someone who also does it in a book he's discussing and it really rams home how much of a conscious style and template it is when they're both doing it side by side. Sentences like,
"'Space' becomes the over arching commodity. Notting Hill. New age cranks peddling expensive junk. Homeopathy and boutiques, angel cards and crystal healing."
"Fugitive time, lost afternoons, conversations that dilate and drift like smoke, walks that have no particular direction and go on for hours, free parties in old industrial spaces, still reverberating."
The spectres of rave thing feels really dated to me atm too. I used to like that big Burial interview, but I found it a bit embarrassing this time around. The way he (Burial) romanticizes it seems ridiculous, going on about "underground folklore" and how you could see it in people's eyes even though he's already said he wasn't actually there. The bit about his dog dying and his mum telling him to have a cup of tea then him ringing her up like "I made that tune. The tune you told me to make."...