Category Archives: Stuff on YouTube

Heaven Adores You – Elliott Smith

I finally downloaded the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You that has been doing the rounds at film festivals and the like. It’s pretty good. Some footage that I had not seen before and a few early versions of songs

Heaven Adores You – Elliott Smith

I finally downloaded the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You that has been doing the rounds at film festivals and the like. It’s pretty good. Some footage that I had not seen before and a few early versions of songs

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

I’m rocking new albums by Sufjan Stevens and Wilco this week along with the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You. It all feels so 2005. I’ve given most ear time this week to Sufjan though. Carrie and Lowell is an album

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

I’m rocking new albums by Sufjan Stevens and Wilco this week along with the Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You. It all feels so 2005. I’ve given most ear time this week to Sufjan though. Carrie and Lowell is an album

Romantic drinking and reality

I like interviews with people who have become sober when they talk about how they romanticised the drink because that is what I did and it’s nice to know you are not alone. Colin Farrell does it in this Jonathan

Romantic drinking and reality

I like interviews with people who have become sober when they talk about how they romanticised the drink because that is what I did and it’s nice to know you are not alone. Colin Farrell does it in this Jonathan

Venice

13 months sober – now what?

Feeling a bit of the “now whats” today. Here I am in Venice locked away in my hotel room playing scrabble and blogging. Sure, I’ve been out today – riding the vaporetto up and down the Grand Canal, strolling along

Venice

13 months sober – now what?

Feeling a bit of the “now whats” today. Here I am in Venice locked away in my hotel room playing scrabble and blogging. Sure, I’ve been out today – riding the vaporetto up and down the Grand Canal, strolling along

The Lost Weekend

Last year I thought I’d read my way through a range of works written by alcoholics, many of them about or including drinking, either for good or bad, mostly bad. That included Raymonds Chandler and Carver, John Cheever, Malcolm Lowry, John O’Brien,

The Lost Weekend

Last year I thought I’d read my way through a range of works written by alcoholics, many of them about or including drinking, either for good or bad, mostly bad. That included Raymonds Chandler and Carver, John Cheever, Malcolm Lowry, John O’Brien,

Ryan Adams – getting in touch with your shallow side

I love Ryan Adams so this one is just for me but he talks here about getting in touch with his shallow side since getting sober. Going to department stores and expensive restaurants and shopping and the cinema and just getting in

Ryan Adams – getting in touch with your shallow side

I love Ryan Adams so this one is just for me but he talks here about getting in touch with his shallow side since getting sober. Going to department stores and expensive restaurants and shopping and the cinema and just getting in

Drinking and the easy way out

I’ve never understood when people say that suicide is the coward’s way out or selfish. It has always seemed to me like a sometimes practical solution if all else has failed. Not always or for everybody but, in certain circumstances,

Drinking and the easy way out

I’ve never understood when people say that suicide is the coward’s way out or selfish. It has always seemed to me like a sometimes practical solution if all else has failed. Not always or for everybody but, in certain circumstances,

Charles Bukowski

I love the books of Charles Bukowski. And some of his poetry too but mostly his books. I read Women repeatedly in the late 80s (to the revulsion of at least one person I tried to lend it to) and

Charles Bukowski

I love the books of Charles Bukowski. And some of his poetry too but mostly his books. I read Women repeatedly in the late 80s (to the revulsion of at least one person I tried to lend it to) and

This is what lonely people do – Ryan Adams

Not a song but one of his home videos from his post-drinking reclusive phase in 2009. I get the impression he also did the hermit thing to get through his early days of sobriety. He too says in interviews he

This is what lonely people do – Ryan Adams

Not a song but one of his home videos from his post-drinking reclusive phase in 2009. I get the impression he also did the hermit thing to get through his early days of sobriety. He too says in interviews he

Interview with Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas talks about his drinking and also discusses the illusions you can conjure in your own mind about the role drinking plays in making you (think you are) cooler and funnier. In fact you are on many occasions just a

Interview with Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas talks about his drinking and also discusses the illusions you can conjure in your own mind about the role drinking plays in making you (think you are) cooler and funnier. In fact you are on many occasions just a