• Books read 2023

    Books read 2023

    Books! Best to worst. Benjamin Labatut, The MANIAC Brilliant writing forms a coincidental cultural counterpoint to the (excellent) Oppenheimer film. Robert Hillburn, Paul Simon Thorough chronicle of the great American songwriter. Howard Jacobson, Live a Little and J Both humorous. Ling Ma, Bliss Montage Short stories that are quite imaginative in structure and language. Andrea…

  • Music of 2023

    Music of 2023

    It was a year for women. In alphabetical order by artist, music that made an impression… Cat Power Sings Dylan Feist – Multitudes Carly Rae Jepsen – Loneliest / Loveliest Time Rickie Lee Jones – Pieces of Treasure Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke – Lean In Barbra Streisand – Live at the Bon Soir Jessie…

  • Q & AI

    Q & AI

    As a freelance financial writer, I was curious about the threat of my imminent obsolescence with the arrival of ChatGPT and similar generative AI chatbots. In an informal experiment, I asked ChatGPT a few questions that are typical of the kind of questions I answer in my freelance assignments, which consist largely of topics in…

  • Books read 2022

    Books read 2022

    Books! Best to worst. Colm Toibin, The Magician Superb. There is a serious factual error in the last chapter that I pointed out to Toibin on his website, but his response is nonexistent. Labatut, Benjamín, When We Cease to Understand the World Superb. Dan Charnas, dilla time Excellent narrative, thoroughly researched, brimming with ideas like the geographic grid…

  • Top ten albums of 2022

    Top ten albums of 2022

    In our household albums are always 100% unstreamed, played from start to finish, never shuffled, and usually played from manufactured CDs or from purchased digital files that are burned to CDs. In alphabetical order by artist: Cat Power – Covers Jorge Drexler – Tinta y Tiempo Eliane Elias – Quietude Melody Gardot & Philippe Powell…

  • Books read 2021

    Books read 2021

    Books! Best to worst.  Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleischman Is in Trouble Excellent. I will read anything Taffy writes. P.G. Wodehouse, My Man Jeeves Flat-out great and hilarious. Mark Harris, Mike Nichols Immersive and deeply satisfying for a pop culture biography. Ron Brownstein, Rock Me on the Water Cultural history of California in the 1970s. Thich Nhat Hanh, How…

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