Amongst this weekend's film viewing was the wonderful Scottish film Ratcatcher from 1999, directed by Lynne Ramsay. It's about events on a tough Glasgow housing estate during a strike by the binmen, and mostly told through one boy's eyes. It's unsettling, uncomfortable, touching, funny and sad.
I also watched the first of the new Sherlock BBC TV series. I really enjoyed it (nice modern take - loved the bit with the phone boxes and security cameras and the quote about the three-nicotine patch solution). Did anyone else see it?
Scottish arts organisations face funding cuts.
A video interview with Louise Welsh.
Murder Most Scottish from the Caledonian Mercury with some Scottish serial killers and ne'er-do-wells through the ages.
The lovely Caro Ramsay guest blogs on Murder is Everywhere.
Biblio Baggins made me smile with this letter to Kate Atkinson.
The Scotsman debates whether it's a hard time for hardbacks.
Catch Stuart MacBride along with Mark Billingham in Liverpool and Manchester on 18th and 19th August.
Conspiracies, death-threats, pharmaceutical shenanigans - all over who's going to provide pile cream in Millport.