Looking back on our Hajj I'm pleased I decided to deprive myself of access to music and any real range of reading. I didn't feel the lack of either, until it was time to come back, that is.
Today has been quite intense on the listening and reading front. I don't mean I've spun a lot or found myself with my head in a book in all the corners of the day. But what listening and reading has felt distinctly sharp, vivid and somehow precious.
The first album to hit the turntable was VDGG's Trisector and what a good choice that proved to be. A great way of bringing the old ears out of hibernation. And in terms of reviving my reading it's been Orhan Paumuk's The Museum of Innocence all the way.