Desert Island Disks: Thomas Bodinetz
This weeks Desert Islander, and head editor of The Courtauldian, is Thomas Bodinetz.
Top 3 Albums?
BB King, Live at the Regal, 1965 The greatest blues player at his best. He only played about five different notes yet said more through them than any other musician. Bahamas, Bahamas is Afie, 2014 Simply the best album of 2014.
Paul Simon, Graceland, 1986
Eighties pop meets Sun Records meets Isicathamiya singing. And Chevy Chase is in the video for You Can Call Me Al. What more could you want?
Favorite song? Sidney Bechet’s Si tu vois ma mere. The most timeless of New Orleans jazz.
Top 3 books?
Perspective as Symbolic Form by Erwin Panofsky Yes I'm a nerd but this is still one of the best art historical texts: a Kantian, cultural art historical model.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac Maybe I'm betraying some idealism of youth with this choice. Certainly Sal Paradise's pretense that he isn't as weird as everyone around him chimes with how I feel at Courtauld.
Collected Short Stories by Raymond Carver Prose as poetry: the greatest short story writer.