Monthly Archives: September 2011

Stories and poems on Spotify

Like many people, here at Structo Towers, we listen to a lot of our music through the magic of Spotify. It wasn’t until one of the people we follow on Twitter mentioned that they were listening to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land using the service that we even considered that it could be used for anything else.

What follows is the result of an hour or so of searching, and so is by no means complete. If you spot any more good poem collections or stories, please either let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, and I’ll add them in.

The following links are all to Spotify album playlists.

Poetry, individual poets:

Poetry, collections:

Stories, short and otherwise:

Other:

There are quite a few other classic works on literature there too, but a great deal of them are read by a computer, so I haven’t included them here.

— Euan

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The Incidental: Kingdom Came

 Photo: Kim Aldis

A massive surge of adrenalin. War whoops. Class war whoops. ‘Whoops! Class War!’ A scramble for bricks. ‘I must have a brick. Where are the bricks?’ A hail of bricks. The cops are confused as they realise they are no longer in control. Puppets without a role. They look at us, at one another and around themselves. Them. Run. Away. Down Mayall Road, leaving their vehicles in our hands. In the twinkling of a rioting eye the vehicles are smashed up and turned over.

This is an eyewitness account of the London riots. Not the ones a month ago, but the Brixton riots of 1981. It appears in a report by the ‘We Want to Riot, Not To Work Collective’ in 1982. Despite that being nearly thirty years ago, we haven’t come very far. This isn’t a political piece, but in a fairly short period of time since the coalition came to power we’ve had the student protests, several strikes, a humungous trade union march and now… this. There are individual reasons for each of course, but five years ago, how many would have predicted such events?

Science fiction, with its many faceted sub-genres, is well-known for its attempts at clairvoyance – a position it occupied with some degree of success during the early days of the Space Age. The author as sage: sometimes predicting the bounties of technology, sometimes inventing that technology themselves. Arthur C. Clarke was at least partly responsible for coming up with the geostationary orbit for satellites, something which the world now relies on everyday for communication, but the world of intergalactic space battles and ray guns which was promised never materialised.

There was a small band of SF writers who came into their own just as these over the top space sagas were shown to be just that. J.G. Ballard was one of them and he distinguished himself as a prophet early on in the SF boom, albeit of a very different kind.

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