Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Running Around in History, Politics, Art and Culture

Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Running Around in History, Politics, Art and CultureLoved the title and the cover Many very good reviews of interesting books Many articles on subjects that bored the bejesus out of me as I struggled to read my way wading through molasses Very erudite and in spots had me questioning my own intelligence and attention span I have this book on my Kindleif it were a paperback I would give it away because I will not reread this one. Why does it always take me so long to work through collected essays I think it s because finishing each essay gives that feeling of done and let s me walk away for a while guilt free.There is absolutely no question about the quality of the writing in this work It s amazing There is a remarkable diversity of subject matter as the sub title suggests and inevitably I found some of them riveting than others A number of the pieces on art are in fact catalogue introductions and so not especially engaging if like me you are not very familiar with the artist in question.Overall a very good read. Wednesday Brought A Pungent Sheepy Smell Emanating From The Greyish Lamb And Barley Soup My Mother Optimistically Called Taste Of The Garden Of Eden Expel Me, Please Haddock In The Air That Would Be Thursday The Faintest Whiff Of Roasting Garlic That Would Be What My Sister And I Uncharitably Dubbed Friday Night Memorial Chicken A Venerable Object Smeared On The Breasts With A Dab Of Marmite Meant To Cheer The Bird Up As It Emerged Defeated From The Oven Rattling Inside The Brittle Cavity Was That One Solitary Clove Of Garlic The Exotic Knobble That My Mother Conceded As A Romantic Touch Amid The Iron Regimen Of Her Unvarying Weekly Routine Cookery Is Not Necessarily A Subject One Immediately Associates With Simon Schama One Of Britain S Most Distinguished Historians And Commentators But This Selection Of His Occasional Writings Is A Treasure Trove Of Surprises Passionate, Provocative, Entertaining And Informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble Ranges Far And Wide From Cookery And Family To Barack Obama, From Preaching And Shakespeare To Victorian Sages, From Charlotte Rampling And Hurricane Katrina To The Fate Of Eloquence In The Age Of The Osbournes Never Predictable, Always Stimulating, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble Allows Us To View The World, In All Its Diversity, Through The Eyes Of One Of Its Most Original Inhabitants I have a huge crush on Simon Schama I can t even count the times I ve watched History of Britain As history documentaries go, it s first rate, and, closet Anglophile that I am, it s just my cuppa, but I watch it over and over again because I can t get enough of his voice and his swishy, dishy, smarty pants with his hair down Oxbridge schtick In one episode, he sneeringly describes Thomas Cromwell as a jumped up Putney Clever Dick I m pleased to report, for crushing purposes, that the tone in these collected magazine pieces and lectures matches with the delicious tv presenter voice pretty well I read Citizens a few years ago and was a little disappointed I found it sort of meandering and lacking in the wicked verbal elan that had so taken my fancy Of the pieces on offer here, I was most charmed by the food writing, which was no accident, since it s there that he pours on the adorable most shamelessly I was impressed that he included two reminiscences of his mother s cooking one dismissive, one rhapsodic side by side, as though he wants us to know that as far as he s concerned, history schmistory, rhetoric trumps truth telling every time.I think Schama s a really astute art critic The Power of Art was a great show, and I always enjoy his criticism in the New Yorker, but some of the art essays here would really have benefited from color plates This book included one muddy black and white reproduction per piece of criticism, and they were utterly useless The essay on British politics made even less sense to me than Chuck Klosterman s Lakers vs Celtics essay, my previous winning choice for the Piece of English prose that I actually finished that didn t engender a single cogent thought. Overall, I thought it a good read for a Schama fan, as his humor translates well to the written page The travel, food, and memoir sections were the most interesting to me, while I had to bail on the art centered essays after a while as I just didn t have the background to follow the inside baseball discussions The final section focusing on history got a bit dense, though the last entry on the making of a Red Sox fan redeemed things grin I am reading it now and love love love the language I am savouring his use of metaphor, cross references and imagery, the combination of which, alarmingly for fellow cafe patrons, induce reading and laughing out loud The introduction had me howling when he goes off on a tangent about his own handwriting and so far the stories, both published in the New Yorker, are entertaining, interesting and humorous. I struggled with this one I love Simon Schama so much, but I found this to be so dense and at times impenetrable Just because he wrote it, didn t mean it needed to be included in this collection Less is. anything Schama writes is worth the time Man, Schama has ruined me for reading anyone else or in attempts at my own writing Say what you will, but I enjoy his over the topness Perhaps since I am in the sciences and have to read very droll pieces day in and day out, I find his style very refreshing and always spot on Does he come across as full of himself sometimes Yes Does he use 10 words where perhaps none would suffice Yes So what If those bees get in your bonnet, read something that you already agree with or that doesn t make points as matter of fact To be sure, this is recreational reading and should be enjoyed as such. Lets get this straight Scribble, Scribble, Scribble Simon Schama showing off Flouncing with nouns, dazzling with adjectives Look, look, see what I can do When writing a review on a biography of Winston Churchill, he talks about the power of Churchill as an operatic orator, which the author did not really discuss in the bio Though I have to admit I have always loved a writer who knows how to throw his weight in synonyms around.This a collection of essays, reviews, philosophies, and in some cases recipes Schama has belted out over a 20 year career Like many collections it can be hit and miss Schama is at his best when he is a deep historical rant on ideas The difference between narrative and scholarship, which keeps cropping up whether talking about Churchill, Thomas Malaculey, Isaiah Berlin, himself with his series a history of Britain Barack Obama, and George Bush or there lack of The very notion of how to create history with words to explain an hypothesis seems very importnat

Simon Schama was born in 1945 The son of a textile merchant with Lithuanian and Turkish grandparents, he spent his early years in Leigh on Sea in Essex When his parents moved to London he won a scholarship to Haberdashers Aske s School where his two great loves were English and History Forced to choose between the two he opted to read history at Christ s College, Cambridge Here he was taught

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  • Hardcover
  • 427 pages
  • Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Running Around in History, Politics, Art and Culture
  • Simon Schama
  • English
  • 14 February 2019
  • 9781847921314

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