I bought roughly 14,372 books in the past few months. Updating this as I go with a brief yay or nay.
- •Shadow Dancing in the USAThis was a bit of a slog. I really liked the essays on love/relationships and I think they should be required reading, but a 70+ page essay on Voodoo as the roots of rock music was in need of a good edit.
- •Organ GrinderMy friend Alan wrote this, and I got it after seeing him do a reading at The Half King. Interesting way to learn about Alan and a lot of references to Greek classics. A bit mired in trying to acknowledge faults while he writes without necessarily grasping the larger picture, but I think this is a generational difference in ways of thinking.
- •ImperiumJust fucking read this right now. Such a breath of fresh air to have some really good fiction, and there's a chapter in here that is perfect. I was upset when it was done. I want to read more by this author, who's been compared to a German-language Bret Easton Ellis, but it's a case of finding translations.
- •My Misspent YouthAnother book of essays that started off strong and then sort of lost me and picked me up again at the end. "Carpet is Mungers" is a perfect essay and really captures how much I hate carpet.
- •But What If We're Wrong?Just finished this one up. If you like Klosterman and don't mind leaving some skepticism at the door, you'll enjoy this. A lot of interesting theories as to what the future will look like, by acknowledging that we've been incorrect about a lot before and that we also can't account for larger societal attitudes towards culture that may make some artifacts from our time more or less appreciated.
- •The Bell JarI wish I had read this back when I was a college gal. But really, this was a fantastic piece and I saw a lot of her symptoms align with those of people I know in real life experiencing some of the same things. Nice to find out some more about her rather than deciphering poems, and I now have a huge crush on a dead woman.
- •As funny as the rest of Bryson's stuff, and made me want to visit Bulgaria.
- •Journalism that reads like excellent fiction.
- •The copy I got had this cheesy cover, but this guy has a way with second-person prose. Currently going to go on a string of literary brat-pack classics.