Between 2007 and the end of last year I blogged fairly regularly on this site. I don't really do that anymore - I don't have as much time as I used to - but here are some of my favourite posts from those years.
Popfession (January 2012)
My teenage crush on Debbie Gibson.
King, Bishop, Knight, Spy (September 2011)
Thoughts on the film adaptation of John Le Carre's novel.
Prince and the element of surprise (July 2011)
How Prince has managed to avoid becoming a nostalgia act.
Weird things people say in bookshops (July 2011)
Some of the strange things customers asked for when I worked in a bookshop.
When you're to lazy to write a setlist (February 2011)
On the rise of concerts in which artists perform albums in full.
(Which of course assumes there's a point) (September 2010)
Reflections on David Foster Wallace two years after his death.
An album for each year of my life (April 2010)
A different approach to listing my favourite albums.
My favourite albums of the decade 1-25 (December 2009)
The top 25 of my favourite albums of the 2000s.
Morphine and Mark Sandman remembered (July 2009)
A few words about one of the best bands I ever saw live.
The Wire: Examining David Simon's first draft (April 2009)
Series one of The Wire could have been very different.
And and and and and (October 2008)
Looking at strange quirks of grammar.
Judging a book (September 2006)
On the prejudice of judging a book by its size.
A conspiracy of dunces (May 2006)
How conspiracy theorists stifle real questioning of the powerful.