Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap is kicking the truth to the rural youth

The start-the-week reading list featuring the Wu-Tang Clan, Leonard Cohen, Winter Papers, friendship, headaches, streaming royalties, swearing etc

Mon, Oct 17, 2016, 09:47


(1) The last time: the final tunes played at seminal club nights worldwide including Space in Ibiza (Angie Stone’s “Wish I Didn’t Miss You”) and Trouw in Amsterdam (Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place”)

(2) The last time? A fascinating profile of Leonard Cohen by New Yorker editor David Remnick as the 82 year old troubadour prepares to release a new album “You Want It Darker”. It’s a piece full of absorbing detail about Cohen’s life, work, tours and relationship with Nobel gong winner Bob Dylan.

(3) It’s Wu time. RZA remembers his youth on Staten Island; a look inside the FBI’s file on the Wu and the group in full effect with a 50 minute freestyle on Tim Westwood’s BBC Radio One show in 1997

(4) The business of bottled water: “over the past two decades, bottled water has become the fastest-growing drinks market in the world. The global market was valued at $157bn in 2013, and is expected to reach $280bn by 2020. Sales of water are 100 times higher than in 1980. Of water: a substance that, in developed countries, can be drunk for free from a tap without fear of contracting cholera. What is going on?”

(5) Infographic of the day: who gets what from streaming royalties in the United States

(6) Whaaaa?!: inside the world of pop duo Chainsmokers. They must be cool because well known talent spotter Bono is checking them out. “Bono “rolled up to our studio, all by himself,” Taggart says, “and played us some new U2 music. We played him some of our new stuff, and with this one song, he was like, ‘That’s great – will you send that to me?’ Which was so sick.”

(7) Excellent essay by Anna Altman on what happens when headaches are the condition rather than the symptoms.

(8) Swearing department: five fucking fascinating facts about swearing plus why we like cursing so much.

(9) On friendship: a beautiful essay by Curtis Sittenfled on his friendship with Sam Park. “In the current age of social media, we all, of course, have the ability to publicly pretend we’re always hilarious and wonderful. But for someone to know the real you, the non-social-media you, the awkward and bad-jeans-wearing and years-away-from-publishing-novels you and still think you’re great, just as you are, is an extraordinary gift”

(10) For those seeking some great reading for the long evenings and nights ahead, the second edition of Winter Papers is now in a bookshop near you. Edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, it contains “fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, visual arts, along with craft interviews and in-conversation pieces on writing, film, theatre, dance, photography and music”. Contributers include Bob Quinn, Sinead Gleeson, Siohhan Kane, Thomas Morris, Eimear Ryan, Lisa McInerney, Lisa Hannigan, Kevin Rowland, John Kelly and many more. DOI: I’ve a piece in it on the work on Limerick photographer in Los Angeles Brian Cross.