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Hello again... [13 Dec 2007|10:24pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

Hello *waves* I used to be trenina but I'm better now. Har har har.

I hope we're not totally dead, I used to like this quiet library-ish corner of Franzdom. *sighs*. Either way, I thought p'raps some people might be interested in this:

1001 Books To Read Before You Die

It's just another of those lists, but still. I've read the pathetically small number of 44.

What'd y'all reckon?

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Hello? [01 May 2007|02:06am]

Is this community just quiescent or completely dead?

I just found it and would love to discuss Franz inspired readings.
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'Eating is an adventure' [02 Nov 2006|12:23am]

In this extract from his new book, Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos recalls the disastrous encounter with peanuts that began his fascination with flavours

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Soundbites [02 Oct 2006|04:26pm]

Might as well stick this here as well.......


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Franz at Book Festival [14 Jul 2006|10:23pm]

According to this:


Alex and Nick are going to discuss lyric-writing at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August.

I've never even heard of the Edinburgh Book Festival...*uncultured*...does anyone know anything else about it?
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Books they are reading [05 Jul 2006|02:17pm]

Hi everyone,

This is my first time posting here. I just read an article in "The Scotsman" that revealed that Bob was reading "The Crimson Petal and the White"(fiction) by Michel Faber and Alex is reading "Everyman"(non fiction) by Philip Roth.

Has anyone read those yet?
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[02 Jul 2006|05:49pm]

So - what's on everyone's summer reading list?

I have bought or borrowed the following books today :

'Feel' : Chris Heath
This is a biography of UK popstar Robbie Williams. It came third in The Observers list of the 50 greatest music books ever. The Observer says "Even if you don't have the slightest interest in Robbie Williams, this is still one of the great rock documents of our time. It is about what it feels like to be a pop star, to live inside the claustrophobia of fame."

'Chronicles' : Bob Dylan
This book came second in the above list."The most extraordinary intimate autobiography by a twentieth-century legend ever written".

The Libertines Bound Together : A. Thornton/R. Sargent.
Apparently I have to read this book so that I 'understand' - my Libertines loving friend informs me....

'Perfume' : P. Suskind
"..a fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism." Might have known it's a favourite of AK's.
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[23 Jun 2006|04:32pm]

[ mood | cold ]

Is anyone here aware of the existence of a movie version of 'The End of the Affair'? I was recently told that it existed! How shocked I was! Julienne Moore plays Sarah and Ralph Fiennes plays Bendrix. Before I even knew the movie existed, I always thought Jeremy Irons would suit the role, but I suppose Ralph Fiennes does a fine job of it too... which brings me to my question, who would you have picked to play Bendrix?

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[11 Jun 2006|11:26pm]

Saara, Helen and I - all of your mods, in other words - think that we've been too quiet for too long. It's time to get active again, people!

So I have a question, or maybe it's more like a request. I'd really, really like to read your favorite poems.

I'll start with the one poem that manages to touch me every time.

Hermann Hesse: In The FogCollapse )

So now is your turn to share your beautiful/amusing/amazing/breathtaking favorite poems with all of us.
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[05 May 2006|08:11pm]

I guess this is relevant!
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Nick's favourite book [29 Apr 2006|09:26pm]

The lovely Selina has pointed me in the direction of this article :

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Road (a play by Jim Cartwright) [24 Apr 2006|05:13pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Well, I've been talking about it for months and I'm finally getting around to reviewing Road, the play I studied as part of a Drama GCSE...

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[10 Apr 2006|05:14pm]

Some non-news here really. Just had this email from the producer of the Radio 3 show 'The Verb' :

Hi there

This is still something we're working on with Alex, so no firm dates as


Emma Wallace
BBC Radio 3 & Radio 4 - Arts
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The People of Providence: Interviews From an Urban Housing Estate - Tony Parker [04 Apr 2006|10:55pm]

[ mood | satisfied ]

This book was a Bob recommendation (from The Culture Show, I think?), and I loved it. Tony Parker went to a London housing estate and interviewed many of people who lived there. The book itself is made up almost entirely of the people's own words, with just a few paragraphs here and there which are Parker's description of the people/surroundings. Young people, old people, men, women, people who hate living there, people who love it, etc. The stories aren't always happy ones, but they're little slices of life. It really sucks you in, and, in a way, it's almost voyeuristic--it's like you get to peer in through the windows of many of the homes on the estate. Also, the interviews were conducted over time, and in many cases you can see how the interviewees became more frank with Parker as they got to know him and felt more comfortable talking to him.

All in all, I highly recommend it. In fact, I loved it so much that I'm now reading another book of Parker's: The Violence of Our Lives: Interviews With American Murderers. This one will likely be far more morbid, but hopefully just as fascinating.

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Ivor Cutler [29 Mar 2006|05:46pm]

I debated about whether to post this here or not because Ivor Cutler (who died recently) is probably considered more as a song-writer/lyricist than a poet, but I figured anybody who was interested in off-beat poetry and/or Franz Ferdinand might be interested.

Below the cut is an article which was published in The Guardian newspaper on March 8th. It consists of a tribute to Ivor from Alex K, plus an article which features Alex talking about him - this was probably originally published some time ago, but it makes for interesting (re)reading....

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Anybody fancy it? [27 Mar 2006|05:01pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

I've made it my mission to read every single one of these books by the time I leave sixth form college (two years). I've read about sixty of them, including all of the top five. So, what I was wondering is, does anybody either fancy having a go at it, or otherwise, could let me have any information they have on any of these books, particularly availability, which I can see being a bit of a problem? ANY help you can give me would be much appreciated!

Cheers! (oh, and I don't know if this is allowed here...if it's not, sorry...although I do promise to review a few of 'em!)

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[25 Mar 2006|11:54am]

Now this author/chef has been drawn to my attention by AK I must find out/read more....

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[18 Mar 2006|12:40pm]

[ mood | awake ]

A little silence never hurts, but it has been a bit too silent here lately. What have you people been reading? Have you found any brilliant pieces of literature you think your fellow Franz admires should definitely read?

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[03 Mar 2006|07:03pm]

"Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Belle and Sebastian will write a short story or prose poetry inspired by the lyric of their choice in a new series of The Verb."

Something to look forward to on 'highbrow' UK Radio 3!
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Something that crossed my mind last night [09 Dec 2005|11:02am]

Yesterday my 11-year-old niece wanted to know about the book I was reading. She had seen The Master & Margarita on the table and the illustration of the cover [the black cat] caught her attention. I told her about the storyline and the characters, and finally she asked if I could lend her a Finnish copy of the book.

That's what makes me slightly uneasy now. I was ten when I got to know the book because of the exciting name of it [Satan appears in Moscow, by the way], sort of read some parts of it, but it wasn't until my 12th year that I completed reading it. I know my niece is very mature and has already read Tolstoy and Wilde [she regularly rakes through my bookshelves], and I think she probably could handle the story - 11-year-old kids have a different point of view than someone in her twenties or thirties, at times that is a true blessing - but I can't help wondering if many people would have been, um, less on the verge if they hadn't engaged themselves with highbrow literature so early.

Do you think there should be age limits in literature as well as in movies? Or even in all but name?
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