So for my own cultural enrichment, I recently read Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being and have been listening to Radiohead’s latest album In Rainbows.
Starting with Kundera’s novel, I was surpised by how the simple storytelling (much very much in the style of Hemingway) was accompanied with the author’s exploration of the characters’ motivations, application of philosophy, and awareness of his own relationship with the book and the characters. Kundera has taken a simple frame work and filled it with experiences that allow the reader understand the characters’ motivations and, in my case, learn something about their own life.
The novel takes four characters and connects them to humanity. The book is a quick read and I am sure that I will pick it up again.
Now as for Radiohead, I am just no sure how they keep making great music. From the jazzy sound of the first song, 15 Steps, through the diverse rock experience that has defined Radiohead’s albums I found myself remembering all of the reasons I fell in love with the band in the first place. All I can say is that if you like them you should go ahead and download the album. The cool thing about the experience is that you get to put your own value to the music.