Category Archives: Pick of the Geek

Pick of the Geek – The Psychopath Test

For Jon Ronson, journalism is about offering a fair hearing to people who might not otherwise get, or even deserve, it. Over the course of his eight books he’s done this to Ku Klux Klansmen, anthrax hoaxers, cult leaders, paedophiles and people who tweeted insensitive

Pick of the Geek – Crash

David Cronenberg’s 1996 adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel – a book that was once rejected for publication with the note “This author is beyond psychiatric help” – was hugely controversial on release, banned in several London boroughs and subject to a protracted hate campaign from

Pick of the Geek – The Book of Sand

Today, everything in art is about size: binge-watched TV, enormous novels, three-hour superhero movies, massive public sculptures. For the antidote to all this, you can’t do better than turn to Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian author whose stories are incredibly short, yet each of his

Pick of the Geek – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2

Season two of Netflix’s signature comedy sees Tina Fey and Robert Carlock pushing the show’s inherent contradictions to bursting point; it’s now an irresistible, sunny, feel good show that’s full of unbelievably sick material about PTSD and sexual assault! As ever, Fey and Carlock are

Pick of the Geek – R.E.M. Monster

Pilloried on release – essentially for not being their previous album, 1992’s epochal Automatic for the People – Monster was often dismissed as a stadium band trying to catch the wave of grunge.  Nowadays, that accusation sounds hilariously off-base.  The musical trademarks of grunge –

Pick of the Geek – St Vincent’ St Vincent

If you’re going to release a self-titled album that isn’t a debut, people will expect it to say something about you.  Annie Clark’s fourth album under the name St Vincent certainly feels like someone coming into their own – it’s shinier, more confident and brasher

Pick of the Geek – An Experiment in Love

Hilary Mantel’s biggest strength as a novelist is her ability to embrace contradictions, so it’s hard to say anything about one of her books without noting that it could easily be seen the other way. Her historical novels have the settings and page counts of

Pick of the Geek – The Cremator

A Slovak Jew working in Czech Prague, Juraj Herz was an outsider even among the glorious misfits who populated the cinema scene of Communist-era Czechoslovakia. Nothing he ever did was predictable, so when he decided to address his history as an inmate of Ravensbrück concentration

Pick of the Geek – Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool

So who’s fully digested the new Radiohead album? Trick question: Radiohead haven’t been in the business of making immediately digestible albums since 1993 or thereabouts. But even if this review is doomed never to dive to the bottom of A Moon Shaped Pool, there’s still