This month I continued working my way through the leaning tower of books next to my bedside table. A special mention goes to Tomorrow by Graham Swift, not featured below. I also got my fill of arts and culture thanks to tickets booked a few months ago.
I’m always keen to hear recommendations, so let me know what you’re enjoying at the moment. Here’s my list for February:
1. Moonglow by Michael Chabon
In Moonglow, the life story of a man on his deathbed is told and retold through his grandson. The novel seamlessly explores key events of the twentieth century and the emotional lives of individuals. This is one for fans of Everything Is Illuminated.
2. Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson
Charming, funny and insightful, Mara Wilson’s essay collection focuses on her transition from child actor to writer and storyteller. It includes reflections on growing out of her ‘cute’ stage, teenage friendship and finding community in New York City. She writes especially well about sisterhood and her mother, who died of cancer while Matilda was in post-production.
3. John Robins’ comedy
Although going on a date to a comedy gig about a break up may not seem wise, John Robins’ show at Komedia in Brighton was a delight. On tour after winning the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award, The Darkness of Robins ventures into the depths of love, loss and panic attacks in IKEA.
4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – NT Live
A broadcast of the Young Vic’s production of Tennessee Williams’ play, starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell. It didn’t have the same intensity as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? or reach the fantastic heights of Yerma, but I enjoyed it. I love the warm magic of the cinema on a winter evening – which reminds me, I’m excited to see Lady Bird tomorrow.
5. Modigliani at Tate Modern
Most of my trips to London revolve around the library and the office, so exploring the Tate Modern with my friend Rachel yesterday was lovely. We visited the Modigliani exhibition (free for members, £8-18 otherwise), using vital skills honed in our undergrad art history classes to identify which portraits looked most like celebrities. I recommend going to the new(ish) viewing platform in the Blavatnik Building to appreciate the skyline, too.