However wonderful David Tennant is as the latest incarnation of Dr Who, and he is wonderful, for many of us there will only be Tom Baker. Or as Tom himself implies in this great interview he did a few years ago – he didn’t know that other people were playing him still. A very funny man indeed.
Cold snap – Thom Jones. This collection of short fiction is another pulled from my the abandoned books from my apartment’s previous tenant and it’s a beaut. The stories are richly imagined and the characters vibrant, even though they only ‘live’ for a handful of pages. Each story is a contemporary look at a different person and their life, focusing strongly on their backgrounds and habits. Sometimes the characters seem a bit stereotyped, in particular an aborigine surfer whose language is fair peppered with Australiana to a degree that even the punctuation seems antipodean. Strewth. All in all a good read and great for twenty minute periods that need handy filler.
The photograph as contemporary art – Charlotte Cotton. This book breaks down recent trends in photography in an attempt to give a background as to the rationale that drives practitioners of the photographic arts. The explanations and backgrounds are interesting and informative, complete with a selection of prints of the artists in questions. As someone who is interested in extending their photographic practice this background is essential reading, with my only gripe being that a larger sized book would provide much better access to the photos in question – perhaps a coffee table reprint is in order?