Picked up Tunnel Visions: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher in the library. Anecdotes and homespun philosophy from a man who took a temporary part-time job as a station attendant after returning from a round of travel.
Interesting light reading, read it in pretty much a single sitting. The anecdotes are better than the philosophy, which is pretty much pointless.
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Abandon the Old in Tokyo by Yoshihiro Tatsumi is a kind of "alternative" Japanese comic from the Sixties and Seventies. self-contained stories, mostly gritty stories of life amongst menial workers scraping a living in the vast cities at the start of Japan's boom.
Very good stories, often quite haunting. Mostly sad but with traces of black humour. Black-and-white art is very well done, with realistic slumped postures, and crowd scenes deftly handled. Liked the way one story goes by with the protagonist never speaking a word: everything is told by the people around him and the pictures themselves. Worth looking out for.
This was definitely a lot better .Tense, documentary-style reenactment of September 11th flight that fought back against the hijackers. It's pretty plainly done. Think it relies on the viewer knowing that this is a true story. Doesn't over-romanticize the characters, or even cover them in much depth.
Not unmissable, but worth seeing. WP.
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Saw Micro Men after Vulch mentioned it. BBC comic drama about the rivalry between Sinclair and Acorn computers in the early Eighties.
Pretty good, told the story well, and certainly put Clive Sinclair in a new light for me. Found it more drama than comedy myself. Thought the last scene with Clive Sinclair in his C5 being overtaken by huge Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard trucks was quite haunting.
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