Amanda Filipacchi’s fourth book

The Looks
I found this article by accident and didn’t realise that it was written by Amanda Filipacchi until a reference to her previous books came up. It seems that she is bringing out her new book in February titled “The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty”.

None of my novels had been autobiographical, but after writing them, I was starting to feel that while I wasn’t writing from life; life was writing from me.

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

Aggregate list of the best books of 2014

Bookbub took 23 best book lists and aggregated them into a top 20 list. For me, the most appealing one is “The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell but I look forward to exploring other choices on the list

Click here to see the list

Where is home for an expat?

Wall Street Journal
Interesting article that resonates with my lifestyle over the last 20 years or so.

Being an outsider was fine by me. The beauty of being a nomadic correspondent is you detach yourself from the flaws of the society you’re immersed in while soaking up the best it has to offer. You’re an observer. You have no stake. You’re just passing through.

Wichita Lineman

Just heard this podcast about the song “Wichita Lineman”, one of the first songs that I loved.

The podcast documents the history of the song, how it was written and who had covered it. It turned me on to  the songwriter Jimmy Webb who also wrote “MacArthur Park”.

Recommended.

Link to the podcast on the BBC

Link to the podcast on Soundcloud