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Swordfishtrombones by David Smay
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Jan 21, 2009

liked it
bookshelves: music, nonfiction

Eh. I enjoyed reading it to some extent--it's about Tom Waits, after all--but this book is exactly what you'd expect from some hack writing about Tom Waits. Not that Smay is a hack, but this book makes him sound like he's trying too hard to emulate Waits' style as prose, and trying to hard to paint a picture of Waits based on his lyrical imagery. There isn't really much insight to Swordfishtrombones here either. Smay manages to say a lot without really saying anything of value. There is a paragraph or two describing the timeline around the time of the album that was interesting, and there were facts here and there I hadn't heard before, but the book as a whole isn't very good. It isn't bad either, it's

(reading the preface again after I finished it I couldn't help but think "you really skipped your son's big championship game to write THIS???? Poor kid.")

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