This is LATE. Apologies. This is another Gaiman week. He’s even supplied handy links. Enjoy!
A book, some music, and a movie to bring you back into the cultural what-have-you.
The last book I sent you was a Wodehouse, and that made me really happy.
So. Your book. I think it’s time for another CLASSIC. This one is my favourite Russian novel. Some Russian novels are filled with doom and despair. This one has doomladen undercurrents, but is much more about love and history and magic and salvation and damnation and Russia. It has the Devil in it, and a large black cat in it too, who does wonderful things. It’s called THE MASTER AND MARGERITA by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Movie: Not exactly. In conversation, I discovered that a huge gap in your eduction was the lack of Vintage Muppet Shows in your life. So… Season Two of the original Muppet Show is on DVD. (Season one is good, but they are still finding their feet.) You do not have to watch all of them. You do have to watch the John Cleese one.
Music: Do you have a record player? You must have. Get THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS and listen to it on LP. I do not know why every CD mix I’ve ever heard has sounded tinny and thin, but they do. I mean it.
Ziggy Stardust was the album that made Bowie famous — its potent combination of science fiction and predictive rock and roll autobiography, along with good tunes and a cracking band.”
Sidebar: Neil later texted me saying:
"You don’t have to listen to ziggy on LP, according to the Amazon reviews the 2012 release on CD sounds good."