25/11/2011 The Review Show

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Maureen Lipman and Paul Morley join Martha Kearney in the studio to discuss the film My Week with Marilyn.

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Tonight, celebrity and the media, from Marilyn Monroe to a Prime


Minister, blackmailed into bizarre sex, live on TV.


In a week when contemporary stars talked about the price of fame, the


new film explores Marilyn Monroe's inner demons, and her conflict with


celebrity. All people ever see is Marilyn Monroe.


The public's appetite for scandal is laid bear in Charlie Brooker's


parable of a Prime Minister's terrible dilemma. Do we secretly


relish media intrusion. I will be executed.


Plus, hidden treasures brought to light at the Ashmolean museum in


Oxford. The long lost first novel of Jack


Kerouac. "the sea stretching around the horizon, the rich clean sound


of the bow spliting the water. Music from Beer Jacket.


# The blows hard in your dead heart # Captain of the soul


I'm joined tonight by the actress, Maureen Lipman, the journalist


Sarfraz Manzoor, writer and critic, Paul Morley, and Sarah Churchwell,


Professor of American literature at the university of East Anglia. Join


in the discussions at home by sending in tweets, we read each one.


All through this week we have heard celebrities and others expose the


underhand tactics of the tabloids, but they feed a public appetite,


which is hardly anything new. In the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe could


barely walk down a street without being mobbed. A new film, My Week


With Marilyn, aims to uncover more about the real woman behind the


public figure. She's here, said the headlines,


everyone now it meant the American film star with the famous shape and


wiggley walk. Marilyn Monroe visited the UK only once, in 1956


the world's most famous movie star, boarded a plane with her new


husband, Arthur Miller. She had come here to make The


Prince and the Showgirl, with the acclaimed actor and director,


Lawrence Olivier, it was her first film as producer and star, and


crucially, a chance to prove herself as a serious actress. But


the production wasn't a happy time for Monroe, who was becoming


increasingly addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol. She


and Olivier clashed over everything, from her lateness on set to her


obsession with method acting. With the marriage to Miller already


crumbling, Monroe felt very vulnerable. Enter 23-year-old


assistant director, Colin Clark, the old Eatonian son of art


historian, Keneth Clarke, who was starting his first job in the


business. My Week With Marilyn is based on his memoir of the week he


spent with Hollywood's most memorable actress. She and Olivier


were talking a dlifrpb language. She decided this wuing man, Colin


Clark was someone to trust and befriend, eventhough they had aner


rottically charged few days together, she was able to recapture


her lost childhood with him. Given this is his first feature film,


Curtis has managed to assemble an impressive cast, including Kenneth


Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dame Judi Devon, and Michelle Williams.


knew Michelle Williams was a great actress, but I didn't know what a


great dancer and singer she was. It was great to surround her with a


great team of people. At the heart of it was Michelle's brilliance. I


love seeing her sing the songs from the tripbstripbs and other times in


Marylin's life -- The Prince and the Showgirl, and other times in


Marylin's life. Does My Week With Marilyn manage to give new insight


into the legendary star, or is it just another tribute to a pop icon.


# The way that I move # That thermometer proves


# That I certainly can Sarah, you have written about


Marilyn Monroe, you know her life very well, how well do you think


that Michelle Williams manages so capture the essence of the woman


and the star? It is a performance that is getting a lot of hype. I


have to say I think it deserves it, it is an extraordinarily,


technically remarkable performance. She gets not only Marylin's


mannerisms, she really gets her voice very well, particularly. She


also gets the tremulous that Marylin brought to her performance,


she quivered, she was almost like a humming bird. I think the problem


for anyone playing Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe is Marilyn Monroe


for a reason, it is like trying to play Cary Grant, there are a


handful of people who were transcendant, people use words like


"all chem me" and "magic to talk about her, there is no word for the


presence she has on the screen. Nobody can do that. However good


the performance is, and Michelle Williams can't do that. It is not


her fault, it can't be done. close do you think Michelle


Williams got to the all can he me? You are being -- you are being


asked to play an energy. It is in the middle of a pedestrain film, a


film made up of a lot of acting, some acting you will like, you will


like Branagh's Olivier, because he brings Olivier to us, you won't


like Emma Watson, or the lady who plays Vivien Leigh, and within it


is the performance of Marylin, for Michelle Williams it will put her


on the Oscar list. Her performance is a photocopy of a photocopy of a


rumour someone once said about Marilyn Monroe. If you are up on


Marilyn Monroe it is disappointing, if not it is a film of good acting.


The clash between Marilyn Monroe and Lawrence Olivier, who you have


worked with in the past? I did, and Kenneth Branagh is fantastic. He


gets the normality of the man, along with the, the fact is, that


period of time, Olivier wanted to do what Monroe could do, and Monroe


wanted to do what Olivier could do, she wanted to be a great actress,


and he a movie star. He didn't know how to deal with her, she was just


was on the screen, and he acted. I think possibly Michelle Williams


does work from the outside in. And like Marilyn Monroe did, I think


that Kenneth Branagh worked from the outside, like Olivier did,


there is these wonderful moments when he says it's like teaching


Urdu to a badger, and he goes completically, it is so familiar


that, I gets it right. -- completely, it is so familiar, he


gets it right. The world of these two huge egos, and then comes the


character of Colin Clark, in a sense an outsider? He was the


weaker part, Kenneth Branagh is brilliant. Michelle Williams, like


you say, it reminded me of Will Smith playing muham med Ali, it is


such an incendiary character. In the novel's so campy, making


comments, he has interesting thoughts, but the guy who is Clark


in the film is bland guy. Firstly, you don't understand why Marilyn


Monroe would invest her faith in him, and secondly, this sexual


thing, which is this erotically- charged relationship. In the book


you realise he has an experience of gay sex in the diary. You think why


don't you sleep with Marilyn Monroe if you have the chance. It raises


two points, if we believe Colin Clark, it is based on two books he


wrote, one published in 1995 and 2000, years after everybody


involved was dead. My own sense is this is boardering on apocrophy, it


is embellished. There are lots of diaries of Marylin, I have read


hundreds of them. It is probably very embroidered. The second point,


the film is very, very polite to both of the principals, even in


Colin Clark's books, he has a bitchy side, he allows both of them


were monstrous, which this film don't. It want them both to be


really nice people. It has a Sunday night television quality, the way


it is shot, everything is order, the darkness about Monroe doesn't


come through. And Olivier. Colin Clark is played almost like, it is


a very gentle, very, it is vaguely charming. It is a biopicture, it


isn't the whole of Marilyn Monroe's life, it takes a week. And we learn


more about her from that week? of course, he, the Eddie Redmayne,


and he's very good a cross between Mia Farrow and Andy Murray, he just


looms and is adorable. The film is interesting, and you mentioned this


with Olivier and Monroe, it does capture a moment where celebrity


changes and actors are passed on and stars are becoming, the film is


a passing of the torch. Olivier knows his time is gone, and the


acting he does is on the way out and the acting Monroe does is there.


He goes to the Royal Court and sucks out all the new Osbourne


stuff. It is It is a turning point for Olivier it is the stage and a


new wave of theatre. Ultimately the take on both of them is fairly


superficial, the more you know about Marylin, there is more


interesting things, even in the filming of The Prince and the


Showgirl, Olivier said terrible things about her from the beginning,


before all of that, he was rude to her before. Many of the things in


the film could have been told 40 years a there doesn't seem to be


any use of our hindsight. It is not a new take. It was about the part


of in his downfall. It was very important to Colin Clark, it wasn't


important historically, and I don't suppose Marilyn remembered it at


all, it was a couple of weeks. claims she called him just before


she died. Using this as a small kernal, it was tamely written. It


could have been an episode of Downton Abbey. Same casting. Green


light casting. Marilyn Monroe did pay the ultimate price for fame


with her famous and untimely death from an overdose. To what limits


will people go to cling to fame and power. That is a question supposed


by Charlie Brooker's new drama, The National Anthem. Script writer,


comlumist and author Charlie Brooker, is renowned for his


commentry on contemporary culture. With 400,000 followers on Twitter,


it is no surprise the social media revolution has inspired his latest


TV series. Black Mirror is his take on the Twilight Zone, the American


1950s sci-fi drama, which reflected fears about nuclear war and the


McCarthy era. So, what are the contemporary British issues which


Brooker wants to explore? I was thinking about the relationship


between rolling news and things like Twitter, you get these waves


of opinion and information, rolling in at you. It is sort of too much


to take. Often many days you wake up and think the news has gone


surreal today. It feels like nobody is really in charge. The first of


three films, The National Anthem covers the hours following the


kidnap of a member of the Royal Family. Please don't kill me.


Prime Minister is responsible for securing the Princess's release,


but the hostage-takers make a rather unorthodox randsom demand.


The PM, Michael Callow, played by Rory Kinnear, is forced to question


how far he will go for Queen and country. Saving the Princess's


bacon would prove his loyalty, but also cause widespread revulsion.


The sensational news story spreads rapidly around the country. Forcing


traditional media to defy Number Ten's attempts to keep it secret.


Technology is a thread running through all three Black Mirror


films, and Brooker isam belief lent about our current obsession with it.


The first thing I do when I wake up is grab a smart phone and start


checking Twitter and e-mail and things like that. Everyone can feel


their brain is being rewired in some way. I'm for technology, I'm


worried about what it is doing to us, it is a destrubgt jif and de--


destrubgtive relationship. It is described as a twisted parable for


the Twitter age. What does it say about how the media shape the news


and how we consume it. What now, what is the play book. This is


virgin territory, there is no play book.


This could be done slapstick and purely for laughs, it isn't like


that? It is fantastic. I thought it was an amazing piece of sat tie, it


is black and bleak, and it is very -- satire, it is black and bleak


and very worrying, it is impecably cast, every actor in it is


completely right and good. The timing is so good, the director has


done such a good job. It looks amazing, it is quite shocking. It


is what satire should be. There is a fantastic twist at the end. Not a


twist, it is not fantastic, it is good. Rory Kinnear, is such a


talented actor. He plays the Prime Minister, his wife is well cast. It


is very funny. You laugh in spite of yourself. Were you as


captivated? No, I feel like you are decribing a different film from the


one I saw. I agree it is very dark, I didn't think it was remotely


funny. I didn't laugh for a second. You didn't laugh at the first sight


of the person? No I didn't. The thing for me is a satire, it is


called a twisted parable, it needs to be funny, it needs to be like


The Thick Of It, it begs comparisons there, or needed to be


more twisted. The quote there where he says it is virgin territory and


there is no play book, I thought I have seen this a lot of times


before. They have pushed it, I don't want to ruin it. But they


have just gone further than most people are willing to go. That is


not actually to me making it fun or more meaningful. The twist at the


end, you say, it is a twist at the beginning, you are avoiding the


twist at the beginning because you are not going there at all, you are


holding off that to deliver that to the fresh audience. It is a very


difficult one. It is not something you want to discuss but you don't


want to spoil the splot. It is as if David Cameron is having to have


sex with a pig to save Kate Middleton what ultimately turns out


to be bleepbleep. It is the blackmail threat. It is a plot to


engage with this kind of thing. Possibly the programme that will


save Channel 4 next year on the 30th anniversary, at last some


intelligent life, a response to where we are, and what is happening


to it, from someone aware of it. Charlie Brooker is very good on


this world. Even he can make one of the funnyiest lives in it, "it is


trending on Twitter", or "it is someone she knows from Downton


Abbey", it is something happening lately. It is reality itself


changing, and an attempt to respond to that. How the traditional media


has been caught out by the Internet, the news spreads. You were mention


about The Thick Of It, I was thinking about Day Today and Brass


End, news was God, they are talking about the mainstream media held to


randsom by Twitter and all that, now everyone is chasing after


things. In that sense, the other thing interesting about it, I think


it is basically a one-line programme run to an hour. But it is


a comedy that has been directed as a political thriller, in that sense,


because the acting is so overthe top, and hamy, if you want to put


it -- over the top, and hamy and over the top. What that girl does


at the beginning is one of the hardest things an act stress can do.


Unlike a lot of political satires like this, where the Prime Minister


would be a two-dimensional stoodge, we are sympathetic for him and the


might. At the end, the resolution with his wife is very unpredictable.


The whole thing is. It is beautifully acted. There are people


doing things in this that they are not doing in the Shakespeare.


view it as a drama. But that to me is what kills the joke. On the


contrary, they play it straight, that is funny. It would be if the


lines were funny. The problem is. It is trending on twiter, that is a


brilliant thing. I think that Charlie Brooker is an incredible


writer and I was looking forward to it. What struck me about it n the


week of the Leveson Inquiry, was the public attitude towards what


was happening and how gripped they were. And how complicit they are in


this, which is something we have seen. 140 characters changes a


Government. But also I think part of that is this is the relationship


that Black Mirror deals with in way that My Week With Marilyn doesn't.


It is a two-way relationship, the public can respond to things, and


have a view, and what is interesting in fact in Black Mirror


is the Prime Minister is constantly being told about on-line polling.


His decision making is having to be done based on on-line polling. That


is a more reactive world than my week. Definitely tackling a world


where the control seems to be in the hands of ordinary people, but


in fact they have been given the illusion of control but it is all


taken away from them. What is interesting with Black Mirror, is


although the narrative is that Twitter, it is trending on there,


the blackmailer wants the event to be broadcast on TV. There is still


a sense that actually TV does matter. That tension between the


mainstream media and the Internet world hasn't been resolved. It is


that tension between media and celebrity and what people will do


for power. That goes back to what we were saying about Marylin too?


One of the things, one of the strix that film misses about celebrity


and Marylin's relationship to celebrity, is fame was the great


achievement of her life and the proof of her value. When we talk


about the way the crowd can control these sorts of discourses, it is an


illusion. In part, because so many are chasing fame themselves. Talk


to young people today and so many say their goal is to be famous.


irony of all irony is the Leveson Inquiry is said to be hijacked by


celebrity. The father of one of the 7/7 victims won't appear in front


of it because he fears that. Charlie Brooker says in his


interview, to respond to a piece of satire or a response to it when the


thing itself is becoming more and more surreal. I was watching the


DVD in Black Mirror and behind was the Iveson, the two things were


merging together, to give a hint. Never has Hugh Grant been more Hugh


Grant-like. And Hugh Grant for Prime Minister, was on Twitter.


has already played that. To have something that is engaging with


dislocation and dissolving of reality is very refreshing. It is


very difficult to do. And everyone is very scared of it. It seems to


be spoiling the party. You will all get a chance to see Black Mirror if


you want on Channel 4 on the 4th of December. Fame beyond the grave was


guaranteed in Ancient Egypt by the most elaborate funeral arrangements


in his treatment most of it is on show on the first ever public


museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford. It was rebuilt some years ago, a


series of Egyptian galleries will be open to the public, showcaseing


one of the finest archaeological exhibitions in the world.


Amassed over 300 years, the Ashmolean collection of Nile Valley


art facts reflects the long standing British passion for


Egyptling to. Now six new galleries showcase mummies, coffins, shrines


and statues, many of which have been hidden away in store for years.


The result is a journey tracing 3,000 years of culture in Egypt and


Nubia, now Sudan. Featuring some remarkable pieces. This is the


shrine of the king who ruled in the 25th dinnasty. Excavated in Sudan.


It was sound by the first professor of Egyptology, who packed the


shrine away into 150 creates and transported it back to dk cats and


transported it back to -- crates and transported it back to the


university. This is one of the most iconic piece, the Princess fresco,


excavated in the 1890, and an intimate portrayal of the Royal


Family, lounging at a palace, including two of the six daughters


of the king and his Queen Nefertiti. Behind me were r two huge statues


of the fertility God, they were excavated in 183, we have


reconstructed them at their original heat.


Display cases protect items carefully restored. Modern medical


technology has revealed more about some objects in the collection than


had ever been known before. Complimenting the ancient exhibits


is a new installation, by the artist, Angela Palmer, based on CT


scans of a two-year-old boy mummy, died at the end of the Egyptian


century. There is contemporary art to allow the public to peer below


the bandages. The new galleries show case one of the greatest arbg


facts of the period outside of Egypt. How does it help our


understanding of this ancient civilisation.


You enter these new galleries through what was once the shop,


into what was probably the most unusual part of the exhibition, the


predynastic work, we are not familiar with that? I loved this


exhibition. When you see Egypt you see the blockbuster, the pyramids.


They were doing the narrative story, the beginning, the connections


between 3,000 years of history, the thing I most loved about it was it


was telling you the human story, underneath the civilisation. You


keep talking about things like, Egyptian civilisation, pyramids,


kings. What was really important the small items about the human


stories, the clump of human hair, things that people were buried with.


Suddenly you are not talking about civilisations, or thousands of


people, it is individuals. I found it incredibly powerful. The things


they buried with was their every day life, everything they would


need for the next life. wonderful boat carved with 14


different characters doing different things to take them to


the rest world. Jewellery, various things, it was just gorgeous. A


lovely exhibition. There was a particular piece of jul jewellery I


love, a naked woman holding a little bowl. With a ceramic spoon.


A spoon for make-up. Exploring back to the predynastic period, pieces


of art that looks abstract. Completely contemporary. I find


when you go to these exhibitions, as much as you are looking into the


past you are looking into the future. An extraordinary sense of


how they were making works of art, how they were decribing their


feelings, how they were preerpbg for death. Is so un-- preparing for


death. It is so modern. It is an extraordinary amount of information


to fill in what are inextra ordinary gaps in knowledge. Because


the gallery is filled with intimate moments and takes you through the 6


though words in such an intelligent way, you don't feel overwhelmed and


you piece together the information. Little laund royalists and sick


notes written on -- loyal sick notes written on -- little sick


notes written on there. And the idea of knowledge, you could take


three or four hours to digest T the first room is a bit deceptive, it


is empty, and there are two big statues, it gets more and more


intense, and the displays get more filled. You could spend hours. It


is wonderful, one of the things I loved about it, we haven't


mentioned it. They have done architectural renovations to create


parallel spaces, so you can see, as Egypt is evolving, Nubia, or Sudan


is evolving simultaneously. They used space to move through time so,


you can look across the room and see this is the Sudan at the same


time, this is what they are doing. You start to get the sense of the


cultural interchange between them. There is a wonderful piece that


they had, I loved this, it was a script, they haven't desieveered it


yet, they said there -- desieveered this yet, they said there were


scolars working on it as you saw T The fact you see how the -- the


fact you saw how the Egyptians influenced the rest of the world. A


roam boy mummified. And a Roman woman painted on her, she is


mummified but this Roman thing on it. She has the criss-cross


bandaging with the goldam mulets. The fact that it was in the Roman


empire and it carried on. For the first time in that exhibition I got


that sense there is Egypt in us now in England. A lot of that is


traditional museum curating they have done, I liked they had the


guts not to reinvent everything. Not modernising it, they don't do


tweets! There are modern touches, the interactive computer to see the


CSI, CD video of the thing. Angela Palmer, it plaiks you feel at the


end of the exhibition how shocking and sudden and beautiful things


were at that time. The colours are still preserved, buetloofl


terracottas and blues. -- beautiful terracottas and blues. How did they


deal with the idea these are human remains? They do it really well and


intelligently. One of the women the mummies they have, had an


inscription that was meant to be read out as a memorial. They are


encouraging visitors to read it out. That is the ritual she wanted


people to be participating in. She wanted to be preserved, they have


put her in state-of-the-art preservation, she is lasting longer


than she expected. The fact they are portraits, you can see the


faces of the woman and man, not just the bound things. I thought


they were really people, for the first time I thought. It is a


constant theme that has gone on ever since that death is the team


of life. You recreate your life in the next life. Something in Egypt


that they really went to town in terms of preparing for the


afterlife. In terms of just the amount of servants and these mini-


bakeries. They create the immortality, we are still looking


at those things. They were right. The immortality exists. It is like


Marilyn Monroe. Was she a mummy. She had one but wasn't very nice to


her. Like Marylin, Kerouac is another of those single words that


carry a whole host of associations, Jack Kerouac also died in the 1960s,


his profile, too, like Marilyn Monroe, has never faded. Next year


we will see a film version of his best known work, On The Road. And


this week, Kerouac's long lost first novel is finally published.


Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel, On The Road, has axe fired cult stages as


its pages incaps late the literary movement that Kerouac dubbed The


Beatles. People ask why I -- Beat Generation. People ask why I


wrote these books, I wrote what was true and what I saw. Before he took


to the road he took to the sea. In 1942 having dropped out of Colombia


University, Kerouac completed his first tour in the United States


Merchant Marine, the trip fed his love for adventure, and inspired


him to keep a journal, detailing the daily routine of life at sea,


and the characters of his fellow shipmates. These journal entries


forpbl the basis of his first novel. The Sea Is My Brother hasn't been


published in its entirety until now. The only reference to his existence


lay in Kerouac's private letters. It centres on two men, both of whom


share characteristics with the author. One leaves his teaching job


at Colombia, following his new friend, the ruthless drifter,


Wesley Martin, a man who Kerouac said loved the sea with a strange


lonely love. The sea is his brother, and sentences he goes down. He felt


the thrill of anticipation as he sat there dosing, in a few days,


back on a ship, the sleeply thrum of the propeller chuorning in the


water below, the soothing rise and fall of the ship. The sea


stretching around the horizon, the rich, clean sound of the bow


spliting water, and the long hours lounging on deck in the sun,


watching the deck of clouds, ravished by the full, moist breeze.


A simple life, a serious life. To make the sea your own, to watch


over it, to brood your very soul into it, to accept it and love it


as though only it mattered and existed. The book also contains an


assortment of other early writings from the same period, as well as


letters, sketches and photographs. Is The Sea Is My Brother a valuable


record of an author's early efforts, are was is juvenile book,


previously unpublished, for a good reason.


Did they book deserve to be unearthed? Absolutely, anything


that gives a clue of how a great mind was forming. Jack Kerouac has


become more a personality, a great American personality. Anything that


can remind us he was a great American writer as well is very


important. As a brand he gets underestimated as an American


writer. I love him as an American writer, I love seeing this happen,


in the 1940s you see a young boy, influenced and wants to be a great


novelist by all the great writers, but also at the same time, at that


moment by Charley Parker and Leicester Young, it is merging


together and you are seeing it ferment and bubble. The sentences


gets longer during the 1920s and 1930, you see a forming of the mind


that remind you that above all EMS he was a great American writer not


just a -- else he was a great American writer. What did you


think? It is embryonic. The problem is, he wants to be a great writer,


but like so many aspiring young writers, he has absolutely nothing


to say. Here there is nothing to say here. It is derivative at best.


It is a sketch, really. It wasn't published for ran. Kerouac himself,


before he died, referred to this novel as a croc. I think we can


trust the man's assessment here. At best at flimcy. There is some


really bad writing. He does that thing that bad writing 101, won't


use the word "said", you runs through other words, he greeted


hello, she yawned and then says something, she mild hello. 'S only


20 years ol. It is not complete this book, it -- he's only 20 years


old. It is not complete this week, it is like an early demo for a band.


I never got into Kerouac, I preferred Steinbeck in terms of


road movies and novels. I want to say that what is interesting about


it is just the fact that he does have this tension between being an


intellectual and the physical world. He has that and follows it through.


Everheart is an academic builty about being an axe dij. In the


sense of -- academic, in a sense of seeing that grow is interesting.


had to staple this book to me I found isth almost unreadable. It is


so hard to read, so endlessly macho. And cold beers, and people who


punch each other in the stomach as a form of greeting, and kick each


other up the pants. So American, and misolg sojist.


I thought the ambition, the care, the idealism, the belief in


something, a lot of things that have gone missing, I saw all of


that. Especially with the novel in itself ending with the ship sailing


off and it ends there. When the ship is sailing off and what is


happening is it is taking high culture with it, he's handing that


over to popular culture. That is giving it a lot of credit. I only


went to see say for a year. You are delivering a lot of intelligence.


It did change popular culture, you see what happened in that period


end earth Dylan and The Beatles. It makes it an interesting book. It


makes it a book worth publishing. The journal is interesting, the


Journal of the Egoist, he's a having that conversation about what


kind of write he wants to be. He wants to go an eccentric artist and


he wants to do those things. There is something endearing about T


is an important manifesto. I don't agree, any creative writing teacher


has read this over and again. The fact he went on 15 years later on a


drug drag to write one good book. The rest of what he wrote is not


good. It does feel like when you are a teenager at school and you


want to use the word "picturesque" as often as you can. There is


poignancy there. We know what happens, he does and doesn't become.


Why do you think the Kerouac phenomenon has survived y is it


people want to publish this, and not just the first novel but his


letters, his friends, his poetry. His awful peoples. He became a


brand -- The poems? He became a brand name, who became famous,


beginning as a 20-year-old talking about famous authors. People who


like Kerouac don't read the novels but like the idea of him. I thought


it strange to condemn the aspiration happening in a 20-year-


old, willing it to lap, and then was part of such an important


movement to say it should be obliterated. I said it is not good,


I didn't say obliterated. I just said it is not good. But in


what sense? Part of the guy that became the brand name that creates


curiosity, this is who he was as a 20-year-old. You are never going to


agree on that one. If a stranger accosts you in the street with a


copy of a book, Maureen would be upset if it was Kerouac. It was The


Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, not a literary mugging but an act of


generosity, something similar is happening this year, this is how to


prepare yourself. This March saw the launch of World Book Night, a


new event across Britain and Ireland, which aimed to celebrate


the pleasure of reading. A million special low-printed books were


given out to members of the public, to pass on to friends, family, or


complete strangers. World Book Night was the brain child of


publisher Jamie Bing. One million books, a hell of a lot of books,


It was the biggest book give away ever, people responded


enthusiastically? Reading is the most important thing in my life. I


can't think of anything more important to me. It has shaped my


outlook on life, it has opened up a lot of safes, tradition, cultures.


Most of what I know is through reading. The World Book Night


committee recently announced the list of 25 books to be given away


at next year's event, which will take part on Shakespeare's birthday,


April 23rd. Classics like Pride and Prejudice, to Steven King's


psychological misery, and contemporary best sellers, like The


Road. You have until the end of December


to register. Visit the World Book Night for more details.


1234 That website address, along with more details of everything we


have discussed tonight are on the web side. Next week Kirsty will be


here with a book special, featuring new titles from Alice Marilyn


Monroe, and others. Stay tuned for later for Jools and his guests.


Thanks to my guests, Maureen, Paul, Sarah and Salfraz. We leave you


tonight with the television debut of Glasgow-based music, Peter Kelly,


who goes by the name of Beer Jacket. From his new album, the White


Feather Trail, this is him. # Marry young


# For the need to be alone fl # Sort of swung


# And fear of ringing telephones # Into a wall


# Who has learned to crow # The winner is the last of all


# Carried like soap # To the one welcoming cave


# Words stick in your throat # To a fold


# The winter is a first of all # Tired like courage


# We're losing to an undead past # Tired is courage


# By the act # Choosing the booze don't path


# No need for glory # Put to song


# But undone # Brownen like glass


# Into the sun # Into the cold


# And shadow meeting with the world # The window is the mover's pole


# Tired like courage # To the mast


# But losing to an undead past Tide discouraged


# By the act -- tired discouraged # By the act


# Choosing the booze # Don't act


# Wake your heart up # It's dying to trying


# Hey wake your heart up # It's dying to start trying


# Tired like courage # To the mast


# But losing to an undead past # Tired discouraged


# By the act # Choosing the bruise don't pass


# Hey wake your heart up # It's dying to start to try