MONTH END PROCESSING FOR MAY 2010
Internet: Back in 1983, when I was in the middle of doing my Physics degree - coincidentally, in a location that'll be very familiar to one of the men in this picture - I used to worship Richard Feynman. His three-volume Feynman Lectures were an inspiration to me, and the only books from my university career that I chose to hold onto after graduation. So how come I've never heard about the series he filmed for BBC2 in 1983? Fun To Imagine was a set of six ten-minute fillers, in which Feynman talked to camera about the pleasures of scientific thought. If you missed it like I did, here's some good news: as the new government hasn't quite got around to destroying all that is good and right about the BBC, you can watch the whole of Fun To Imagine online for free. Give Richard Feynman an hour of your time, you won't regret it.
Telly: We don't get much event television these days, do we? Apart from sporting fixtures and terrible reality shows, there's very little out there that demands to be viewed in real time. So hooray for the series finale of Lost, broadcast live across the globe in attempt to prevent evil spoilers from leaking out. (Which means that in the UK, we had to get up at 5am on a Monday morning to watch it.) There's no denying it was flawed: a series this long and insanely complex had to wrap itself up at both an intellectual and emotional level, and the Lost finale was much more interested in the emotional than the intellectual. But after six years following these characters, that was probably the right way to go. And yes, it was completely an event.
Theatre: Summer's returned to London, so once again I'm forced to do battle with the elements and stray pollen at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. Most years, the season's rather predictable - a couple of the lighter Shakespeares, and a musical for balance. But new boss Timothy Sheader seems keen to ring the changes, and his production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible just might be the best thing I've ever seen at the venue. He uses the space brilliantly: as night draws in, the stage becomes more and more claustrophobic, mirroring the darkening atmosphere of the second act perfectly. It's only on till June 19th, so hurry hurry hurry.