The Experience Will Stay With You;

This is the blog of a recovering anonymous alcoholic. There's also some Marxism creeping in now and then. Feel free to post comments, but if you know me, keep them anonymous. Thanks.

Friday, August 25, 2006

A.A. Gill

He may be a middle-class food critic and friend of Jeremy Clarkson, but he is also a writer of pornographic novels and an ex-alcoholic. He was on Desert Island Discs this morning; there was much that was recognizable to an alcoholic. In particular, "depraved" is too grand a word to describe alcoholism; the salient features are crushing boredom, overwhelming depression, self-pity and guilt. He also picked some cracking tunes, two of which would be on my list. (Although, I would go for William Shatner's rendition of Common People and the English version of 99 Red Balloons, the German version is here: 99 Luftballons, from 1500videos.) Sadly, the programmed is not available online, but the track listing is available.


Anonymous Kathleen said...

Well, I had never heard Shatner's vesion and I was anticipating the worst, but that has its own surprising genius. I only wished Shatner too could have had a Jarvis pause between "didn't" and "understand", but otherwise...

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