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Book review: <i>Ways of Hearing</i> by Ben Thompson


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If this was a musician, it would be Paul Weller. Note to reader: I know fuck-all about music.

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Book review: <i>Nul Points</i> by Tim Moore



If this was a bottle of wine, it would be a cheap and unprepossessing 2-year-old chardonnay from God-knows-where that grows in splendour right up to the final drop.

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Book review: <i>Sex And Drugs And Cocoa Puffs</i> by Chuck Klosterman



If this was the first meal of the day, if would be a bowl brimming with your favourite guilty breakfast cereal pleasure and ice cold milk (unless you prefer hot). And you’d be hungry. For a while, at least.

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Book review: <i>Killing Yourself To Live</i> by Chuck Klosterman



If this was a stage act, it would be an obviously talented juggler who does nine balls in time with music for twenty minutes, then cocks and elbows over the mic stand and spends two hours talking about why his wife left him in a self-deprecating manner.

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Book review: <i>The Polysyllabic Spree</i> by Nick Hornby



If this was a CD, it would be a limited edition compilation of new music selected by Badly Drawn Boy, given away free to reviewers.

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Book review: <i>Fargo Rock City</i> by Chuck Klosterman



If this was… I was going to give Klosterman the honour (sic) of comparing him to Motley Crue but I just can’t do it. It would belie the very valid points he makes about the nature of their appeal (Klosterman is NOT cool, and would never pretend to be – indeed his nebbish outsiderness is something he’s proud of). Got it – if this was thirty years old it would be the book Lester Bangs wrote about the music he loved and never got around to publishing because it was a bit too self-obsessed even for him.

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