Film Will Self's hatchet job of Mark Kermode's new book Hatchet Job. On this point he's quite correct:
"And of course film has already changed a great deal: streaming is not analogous to the videocassette or DVD. Now we have instant access to an unparalleled library of films, books and recordings, we are wallowing about, really, in an atemporal zone of cultural production: none of us have the time – unless, like Kermode, we wish to spend the greater part of our adult life at it – to view all the films, read all the texts, and listen to all the music that we can access, wholly gratis and right away. Under such conditions the role of the critic becomes not to help us to discriminate between "better" and "worse" or "higher" and "lower" monetised cultural forms, but only to tell us if our precious time will be wasted – and for this task the group amateur mind is indeed far more effective than the unitary perception of an individual critic."
I sit here, typing this, because I'm experiencing a state of overload. With as Self says, so much available, where do you begin and it's especially difficult for someone whose Twitter biog says that they're "Intensely interested in everything."  With so many subjects available to be interested in, how do I choose what I am interested in?  Shakespeare, yes.  Film, yes.  Liverpool, yes.  Doctor Who, obviously.  But these are huge topics in and of themselves and at a certain point my brain has just, well ... um ... hmm ...

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