Thank Furcoat it’s Friday

1) “I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette.” Tender is the Night,  F. Scott Fitzgerald

My favourite quote from a Fitzgerald book – and hopefully something that will be included in the latest addition to my Amazon wishlist; The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature. It’s not due out until October, but I saw talk of it on Twitter this week and it immediately appealed. Author Suzette Field documents festivities from Vanity Fair to – hopefully – Fitzgerald’s finest shindigs with a look at how parties are the perfect catalyst for almost any plot. [Picture:]

2) When we were in Margate last week, I was mega-excited to visit the Shell Grotto – so weird, like some kind of voodoo temple complete with bony remains and ghosts and all sorts. As if my magic, the next Hendrick’s lecture is all about shell grottoes and houses – their history, their heyday and their decline. The talk is next Thursday and is hosted by Hazelle Jackson, a local history expert with a thing for shells. Buy your tickets here!  [Picture: English Heritage]

3) Some people still don’t seem to realise that Pete Campbell is the best person on TV. I know, what’s wrong with them? Here’s an NY Mag interview with the man behind the legend, Vincent Kartheiser in which he discusses ‘Pete’s smug face’, amongst other things. Warning: spoilers lie ahead. [Gif: this guy]

4) Thank you, Amber, for pointing me in the direction of the BFI’s upcoming Aristocracy on TV series. You can see all sorts of interesting documentaries and dramas about British aristocrats down on the Southbank this summer, starting with two back-to-back films on Nancy and Jessica Mitford and concluding with a film documenting the life of the Churchill dynasty. I’m deeply saddened that I’m going to be away for most of it on various work trips, but I’m definitely going to see Nancy: A Portrait of Lady Astor on 24 July. See the whole programme here. [Picture:]

5) New York University’s ‘punk professor’, Vivien Goldman, presents a two-hour show on 6Music this weekend debating which city is responsible for punk – New York or London. With contributions from Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Neneh Cherry and the omnipresent John Lydon, it promises to be an interesting listen. And what’s better than an in-depth radio show on a Sunday evening? Find out more and listen here. [Picture:]


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