Mahler, symphony no. 4 in G major. Another traversal
CD; soon I’ll be onto Mozart, the most well-represented composer
in my collection.
- Granta 64: Russia, the wild
This was a good collection of pieces about
Russia. (In fact, there was one non-Russia piece, but
everything else was “on theme”.) There were a couple of
fiction pieces, both of which I enjoyed, and the rest were
all non-fiction. Given how far behind I am with my list, it
should be no surprise when I say that there’s nothing about
Putin in this collection; the modern things are about the
era of Yeltsin and his last years.
The non-fiction is all interesting, though often rather
depressing. For whatever reason, Russia was often a
violent, scary place during the 20th century, and this is
reflected here. There are two photo essays included, and
both are very atmospheric.
A dead monitor
Our computer’s monitor expired on Saturday morning. I turned it on,
it made a horrible graunching, scraping, croaking noise, and then
smoke started to come out of the back. It was fairly foul smelling
smoke too, I have to say. With luck it will be replaced tomorrow,
thanks to the 2 year warranty.
No time for more.