BOOKS I'VE READ IN LAST TWO WEEKS IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE

Thanks to Toronto's excellent public library system, reading is my best & cheapest escape from work & life issues.
  1. Submission (2015) by Michel Houllebecq. This is a strong novel that manages to lampoon French elites and their institutions and offer a strong sketch of a dysfunctional, alienated academic who primarily exists through one author, Huysmans. The Islamization of France is a mere plot device.
  2. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (2015) by Carrie Brownstein. This probably the smartest and best book on an indie rock life. It fades a bit toward the end, but it offers sharp insights into music, feminism and the RiotGrrl scene. Also, Sleater-Kinney is one of the few rock bands of the last 20 years whose don't insult intelligence.
  3. V for Vendetta (1988) by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Interesting take on fascism, I'd love it if I was 20, but disturbing use of torture. The Watchmen is much better.