This is a book from 2003 written from the point of view of a boy with Asperger’s syndrome, a math genius with difficulties interpreting other people’s feelings. I really got the sense of stepping into some other person’s head, into a different world, when I read it. It’s an unusual, sad, but also very charming [...]
If you come to Berlin, then I recommend this little shop, Dederon Design, specializing in stuff manufactured in, or inspired by, the former GDR (East Germany). Everything from ice cream cups to LP racks and toys. The woman running the shop even designs bags in some weird GDR-invented plastic material.
Portland-based ambient artist, Keith Kenniff, releases piano music as Goldmund on labels like Type Records and Western Vinyl. I’ve had the albums by Goldmund on frequent repeat this year. The music is so calm and perfect to listen to when the head is tired. The compositions are simple and elegant.
Primer is a low-budget science fiction film from 2004 which has become a cult film in sci-fi circles. It’s about two engineers who invent a time machine that they use to make money in the stock market.
The Danish electro-pop trio Tiger Baby has been around for a few years, mostly known in their home country. I’ve listened to their new single, Crystal Ball, a lot. And I love it. Melancholic disco pretty similar to what I’m doing myself, though the sound is a bit rougher, reminiscent of French blog disco, á [...]