Books! Best to worst. Too many music books, as usual, but hey.
Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts
Haruki Murakami, Absolutely on Music
Six extraordinary conversations about music with Seiji Ozawa.
Steve Turner, Beatles, ’66: The Revolutionary Year
How a boy band became a zeitgeist.
Robert Irwin, The Alhambra
The story of “The Red” — the only Muslim palace to survive from the Middle Ages in Granada, Spain.
Natalie Moore, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation
Compelling portrait of the largest part of Chicago.
Caetano Veloso, Tropical Truth
I didn’t know, despite being an admirer of both, that Maria Bethania is Veloso’s sister.
Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly
Hygge, taxes, and baked goods.
Fil Hunter, Light: Science and Magic
Understanding photographic lighting.
Carl Hiaasen, Lucky You
Comic pleasure. Prophetic in its 1991 characterization of white supremacists as the saddest, dumbest people in the USA.
Burt Bacharach, Anyone Who Had a Heart
Who he banged.
Nancy Isenberg, White Trash
The History of the Deplorables by an author with a repetitive, bludgeoning style that overuses the word “weedy.”
Did not finish.
Black and Decker Corporation, The Complete Guide to Flooring
Thin characterization, nonexistent plot.