Here's a semi-regular thing I'm going to start doing - every news post on this site, I'm going to include what I'm currently reading, listening to and watching, #LaureRecommends style.
Honestly, it's only going to be things I'm really loving because I have zero time to waste on things I don't [days, weeks, months go FAST for me at this point in my life. It's a quite the terrifying feeling.]
So, without further ado:
LISTENING: I mean, after that unbelievable performance at Glastonbury (no, I watched it on TV) it's been Radiohead for a couple of solid weeks now. Jesus, they're brilliant. They don't give a shit about what they think they should be doing (that's hard, and I bet they have to consciously work at that decision). They evolve their sound and direction with every album and they make music that stabs you in the gut at the same time that it hypnotises you.
WATCHING: Hannibal the TV series. I've only just gotten around to this and I'm fully hooked. What a strange, visceral, horrifying, beautiful fever dream of a show. Give me hours and hours of Hannibal and Will Graham toying with each other - I'll watch 'em all.
READING: I just finished A City Dreaming, by Daniel Polansky. Spoiler alert - he's a friend. Unfortunately, possibly due to guilt overcompensation on my part, I'm much harder on my friends' books than I am on a stranger's. So I will never talk about them unless they are brilliant.
This is brilliant. It's like an urbanite Dying Earth (Jack Vance), a fantasy tale written as a caustic, contemporary love letter to New York. It's absurd, hilarious, and just when you think it will remain so it gives you a hefty dose of quiet, awful pain. Read it and love it as I did. Then read his other books, as he is criminally underappreciated.
All 3 days of the YALC programme are now live here.
I have no less than 3 events on the Friday, and I'll be doing an extra signing or two on Saturday and Sunday around the Faber stand for those who miss me.
(OH MY GOD I GET TO DO A BUFFY PANEL.)
Signing on the Faber stand, 3pm
Signing on the Faber stand, 11am
The Graces will be available to buy from the Waterstones stand throughout the weekend, and if you come to my signings, you'll get your pick of rather fabulous Graces badge sets. Try to resist the lure of a badge set. Dare you.
See you there?