I'm not finding Tony Blair (or his new book, the memoir-slash-auto-hagiography) nearly as interesting as this Glee rerun. Chances are, the cats will require playtime during the interview, or maybe there'll be dishes to wash or something. Sure, maybe he'll talk about the egg throwing, but don't bet on it.
Although some of the reviews are entertaining. There's the usual stuff at the bookstores (I checked in at Amazon.uk for this one, where I found DEEP DOWN I AM A SUPERFICIAL SORT OF BLOKE, REALLY), and the expected huge number of related pieces especially in the UK press -- here's a 'five-minute read', some highlights, and a brief overview of UK reactions -- seems there's been a twitter/facebook thing about reshelving the book in the True Crime section (or maybe Fiction) in bookshops.
I've got two clips. This is from the New Yorker review:
And here's from ESPN.go.com, of all places (it's Greg Easterbrook. Scroll down past Is Texans' win a sign of Armageddon?. Then go back and read that, too):
| Stephen's got Princeton historian Sean Wilentz:
You might possibly have some, um, unpleasant memories involving his support of Hillary in the primaries, but luckily he's here to talk about his latest book, Bob Dylan in America (yes, Dylan's still around. Touring, even). Sounds like it's not the usual celeb bio, but more of an actual scholarly work, discussing Dylan's place in the context of American musical history:
That might be my favorite video ever. In a piece titled Is Bob Dylan Hip-Hop's Godfather? His Ties to Beasties, Roots, More, Rolling Stone recently asked "Is this the very first rap song ever?" (It's from 1965.) And as with most of Dylan, there are a whole lot of covers out there (yes, including a whole lot of the guy-in-underwear-with-acoustic-guitar genre, most of which I was able to avoid).
This one, from Alanis Morissette, isn't my favorite, but some of you might appreciate it. She also does "Blowin' in the Wind"
And then, of course:
This one's new, from his 2009 Christmas album. Strikes me as hysterical:
Lots of versions of that around, too. But I've got to stop watching vids at some point.
Anyway, no idea how this interview will come across. But I'm going to take a look at the book -- I've got a bunch of gifting-holidays coming up...