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Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation
4.50
it was amazing
Back when I started really digging into the beat writers, I found a quiet affinity with John Clellon Holmes, probably because he was the (apparent) sq ...more
not set
Jan 20, 2016
 
The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries
3.94
really liked it
A fine memoir and geo-biographical exploration. Crispin goes on a year and a half wander though statelessness to understand herself, to understand oth ...more
not set
May 04, 2016
 
Sweet Waters
3.67
really liked it
This is subtitled "an Istanbul Thriller" in the edition I have (Sickle Moon Books, 2000). And it is, in part, but not in the sense that we read thrill ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times: The Institution That Influences the World
4.02
really liked it
Though dated from an events perspective, an insightful and deliciously written history of the New York Times ("Pravda") up to the late 1960s. Much of ...more
Sep 12, 2015
Sep 13, 2015
 
The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall
4.36
really liked it
If you like The Fall, you probably like Steve Hanley. And this book will help you understand why.

At turns hilarious, ironic, and sad - but
...more
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
 
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
4.21
really liked it
Brisk essays on the history and mechanisms of totalitarianism and governmental/societal tyranny. Pithy (displaying its online origins) slogans evolve ...more
May 28, 2017
May 14, 2017
 
The Vulture
3.72
really liked it
Written when he was only 19, this early novel by Scott Heron is a bit of a mixed bag. Strong (very!) for one so young, it has some rocky bits of chara ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
4.38
really liked it
Thoughts and ideas, examples and practices for building and sustaining creativity.
Jun 09, 2019
Jun 09, 2019
 
The Flamethrowers
3.48
really liked it
The 1970s, crashing out of the 1960s, in the New York art/politics scene, galleries and the overlap of speed and futurism and Italian antifascist rebe ...more
Sep 23, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
 
Sophistication and Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer
4.38
liked it
A lovely trip into the history of this seminal point and process in computing. Quite thorough, and if you were an old user you will find yourself nodd ...more
Jun 21, 2014
Jan 14, 2014
 
The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age
4.12
really liked it
Eminently readable and instructive to the layperson.
Feb 16, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
 
A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths
4.04
really liked it
So.... I've never been a bug Smiths fan, though clearly they weren't easy to avoid during my 80s music listening. This bio, completist and apparently ...more
Apr 10, 2016
Feb 29, 2016
 
Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists
3.79
liked it
**spoiler alert** This book is a bit of a mixed bag more a 3.5 or so. JFM has a good story, but is a better teller of the older aspects (the portion r ...more
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 08, 2018
 
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
3.54
really liked it
Ironic to make brief notes on this here on what Lanier would call a BUMMER site... A bit trickily written but thought provoking review of the inside a ...more
Dec 08, 2018
Aug 27, 2018
 
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #1)
4.06
really liked it
What are we, they?

Gripping narrative with shadows of the current and recent history turned towards the stars. Casts the resonance of the cultural
...more
Jun 13, 2016
Feb 07, 2016
 
Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk
4.07
really liked it
Polyphonic history of the LA punk scene - primarily during it's hot years of the latter 70s early 80s, mostly pre-hardcore. Well represented are the l ...more
Nov 29, 2017
Nov 14, 2017
 
Decline and Fall
3.85
really liked it
This early Waugh sets the stage for his later work - light and dark and comedic and cynical at the same time - can't wait to see the ITV 2017 producti ...more
Jun 11, 2017
Jun 04, 2017
 
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)
3.84
liked it
Very much a beach read - or a distraction from the tumult of the holiday season. Recommended by my hair guy as something that is a step above standard ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 28, 2014
 
The Alteration
3.60
really liked it
No reformation, no enlightenment, but plenty of spectacle and a Yorkshire pope.... a nicely imagined world, and a fine counter historical read.
not set
Feb 27, 2015
 
The Mule
3.19
really liked it
A lark of a mystery, with books. Quantick’s experience as a write and rock guy serves him well on some details in this shifting phantasm.
Nov 07, 2017
Nov 05, 2017
 
Just Kids
4.14
it was amazing
A moving and elegaic book of mutual growth partnership and self discovery.

Without intending cliché, I truly both laughed and cried.
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 25, 2012
 
A Brief History of Seven Killings
3.87
really liked it
Pre-read for the BookerList, accelerated after hearing Marlon James' interview with the Guardian upon winning the Booker prize this year.

A
...more
Dec 05, 2015
Dec 05, 2015
 
Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends
3.46
really liked it
A brief overview of the background and career of Simon and Garfunkel, centered around their fascinating and occasionally complex penultimate album.

Ri
...more
not set
Jun 20, 2015
 
Communism: A History
3.75
liked it
This is a decent, if quick, overview of the history of communism across regimes (Eurasian, Asian, Central American and European, along with fellow tra ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
 
Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes
4.14
it was amazing
I'm biased, because Freda describes some of the milieu we grew up in at the same time and place. But her descriptions would be similarly rich for thos ...more
Nov 17, 2016
Nov 19, 2016
 
Managing Up: How to Forge an Effective Relationship With Those Above You
3.38
really liked it
Brisk overview on the author's tenure as Jack Welch's personal assistant. A fun read, at times inspiring and good anecdotal approach to learning (and ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
 
Swing Time
3.56
really liked it
[NB: Received as giveaway thanks to Goodreads and publisher]

An interesting and multithreaded tale of (at least) three women's learning, gr
...more
Jun 03, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
 
Long Term Journal, Short Term Journal: A System for Aligning Your Long Term Goals and Short Term Actions (Long Term Person)
3.60
liked it
Decent quick insights into goal tracking

This is a piece of a larger life planning work, and provides a decent précis of a set of principles one can u
...more
Jan 05, 2018
Jan 04, 2018
 
Life After Life (Todd Family, #1)
3.76
really liked it
Several people said, when I wrinkled my brow "but no, it is better and more than that!"

And so they were correct. Working the seams of historical fict
...more
Mar 28, 2015
Mar 28, 2015
 
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
3.90
it was amazing
Austin's books are brief, swift, and engaging of ideas. This surveys some thoughts in creativity - how to find it, how to nurture it, and how to not w ...more
Aug 13, 2019
Aug 13, 2019
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