I’m reading a lot of Philip K. Dick at the moment — so far A Scanner Darkly made me a real fan; Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said made me a devotee; and Ubik…well…it’s just amazing.
In January 2017, two years ago, I decided that I needed to read more. I installed an app on my phone and discovered that I was spending a shocking number of hours every day just scrolling through social media newsfeeds…
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the story of Lale Sokolov, a 24-year-old Jewish Slovakian, who arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1949. After working his way through a series of roles in the camp, he is assigned the role of Tattooist. His task: scratching identification numbers into the arms of his fellow victims.
Prometheus is a visually stunning, universe-spanning, science-fiction epic, and is a prequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror masterpiece, Alien. The movie attempts to weave an expanded mythology based on the lore set out in the original film but ultimately fails to achieve the director’s lofty ambitions. A meandering plot, the lack of a cohesive script, and a series of unrelatable characters make Prometheus the equivalent of film porridge. Others will argue differently, but Prometheus is a bad film.