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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 11.02 am, Wednesday 12th March, 2014
Subject: Books
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So through lent I'm trying hard to read in my spare time (and avoid trash TV). So far I've got through:

Introducing Jung - Maggie Hyde and Michael McGuinness
A whistlestop tour through the life and works of Carl Gustav Jung. I mostly read this because of an event I attended in Liverpool the other day on the mounting of a theatrical adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson's Cosmic Trigger. They were linking RAW to Jung and Bill Drummond and Liverpool and Ken Campbell and Timothy Leary and Alan Moore and I realised I just don't know enough about things and this seemed a sensible place to start. I love the level these books are pitched at, giving a taste without patronising. Mostly I've realised that I need to not think too hard about a lot of this stuff and enjoy the sensation.

Shibari - A New Play by Gary Duggan
A group of six entangled people fall in and out of love and lust and friendship over a month in Dublin. It's a bit rambling, but the characters are fragile and human and their plots do resolve, if not necessarily in the most satisfying fashion. I felt like it wanted to be about 2 scenes longer.

And now I'm halfway through the biography of Ken Campbell, which is fascinating but a bit lacking in clarity.
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 12.34 pm, Wednesday 12th March, 2014
Subject: Album 7 - Gnarly Buttons and John's Book of Alleged Dances by John Adams
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I try to experience experimental things when I can because when you discover something amazing it can change your life. The problem is you have to wade through a lot of shit, not because they're bad but because experiments have to be prepared to fail. If you know you're in safe hands, then it's never going to be so exciting as when it might be awesome or awful.

The only other John Adams album I know takes my breath away, but this left me dry. I didn't feel like I was in the hands of someone who knew what they were doing, and that feels odd. It kind of feels like he opened a score and put notes in every gap there was.

But still, I'd rather have that than porridge.
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