Fred the Bread, Jacques Choux-Racque and Robert Plant

Here’s a little bow to our home life. Let’s start with Jacques Choux-Racque, a longtime presence in our household. Over a decade ago, we bought a flatpacked shoe rack and were assembling it at home, when my husband said to me, “That’s Jacques.” “What?” replied I in befuddlement. “Jacques!” intoned my husband, with an exaggerated …

Exploring the Back Catalogue (ctd)

Going largely backwards through a decades-long back catalogue after falling in love with a latter-day album is the reverse of how it generally works with music, but run-of-the-mill with literature. It’s like starting Dickens with Great Expectations, or Shakespeare with Hamlet, and then backtracking to their earlier work. In literature, nobody expects you to fetishise …