three things to watch, listen to, and read this week

Start your week the right way with some quality film, music, and books, as compiled by yours truly! I hope you like cyberpunk and 90's nostalgia ;)

Watch: Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii
In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as ‘The Puppetmaster’ begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. 

In anticipation of the upcoming Hollywood remake, check out the classic original film. Often hailed as one of the best anime film ever, it’s worth watching just for the incredible soundtrack and awesome animation.

Listen: OK Computer, by Radiohead
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This week celebrates 20 years since Radiohead released their seminal album OK Computer, so I thought I’d take this time to remind you to give it a listen if it’s been a while since you last heard it (or if you’ve never heard it before). Not to get all music wanker on you, but listening to OK Computer when I was a teenager basically changed the way I listen to music. Radiohead are one of, if not my favourite band, and are still releasing amazing music – last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool is brilliant.

Read: The Lesser Bohemians, by Eimear McBride
An eighteen-year-old girl, recently arrived in London from Ireland, is enrolled in drama school. Innocent, nervous, the youngest in her class, she is eager to make an impression, to do well. She meets a man—older, a well-regarded actor in his own right—and falls for him. But he’s haunted by more than a few demons—and their tumultuous relationship might be the undoing of them both. 

Following up A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is no easy act, but The Lesser Bohemians was a pretty amazing read once you make it through the first 50 or so pages. A brutal book to read in places, but well worth reading.

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