Today I'm returning a bunch of library books that I don't see myself getting around to reading in the near future. Lest I forget to come back to them:
Another City, Not My Own
, by Dominick Dunne. It's Dunne's O.J. book, and routinely ripped as a shallow exercise in name-dropping. I'll read it someday, but I've already got library copies of Paula Barbieri's book
and the O.J. book
that Toni Morrison edited (!) waiting at home.
Become What You Are
, by Alan Watts. A collection of previously-published articles, split between essays from the mid-'50s and shorter pieces from the late '30s, from Mr. Eastern-thought-for-Westerners. From Shambhala
, the Eastern-thought-for-Westerners publisher. Not to be confused with the Juliana Hatfield album
of the same name.
Behind Bars: Surviving Prison
, by Jeffrey Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards. Ross is a professor of criminology who worked for several years in a correctional facility. Richards is a professor of sociology and criminology who spent eleven years in the federal system. It's intended as a how-to book.
, by Jim Thompson. Like many of Thompson's books, this one was made into a movie
. Two, actually, but one looks terrifyingly awful
The Getaway Man
, by Andrew Vachss. I'm not always a big fan of modern noir, but this one is self-consciously retro. And it's published by Black Lizard
, who have put out some very good short-story anthologies.
Giants of Jazz
, by Studs Terkel. Terkel's first book, from 1957. It's full of quotations from interviews, kind of a harbinger of things to come. I love Terkel nearly as much as I love jazz. Thirteen musicians: King Oliver, Bessie Smith, Bix Biederbecke, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. I'm surprised I haven't read this one already.
How Proust Can Change Your Life
, by Alain de Botton. Proust reimagined as a self-help writer. Supposedly very funny. Chapter titles include 'How to Read for Yourself' and 'How to Suffer Successfully.'
Jazz Spoken Here
, by Wayne Eustice and Paul Rubin. Interviews. I read the Charles Mingus and Henry Threadgill ones. Someday maybe I will read the others. Quote from Threadgill:
"We're not really radical at all. There's really no such thing as being radical, I don't think. You can't be that new. We're not doing anything new--it's just an extension. Your children are going to start using words differently; they're going to add more meaning to them. The jargon is going to change; the colloquialisms are going to be changed and added to. That's all we're doing. Nothing just jumps out of space. Things just don't appear. You don't even catch a cold that way. It's a continuum."
McLibel: Burger Culture on Trial
, by John Vidal. I like the documentary
, by Katherine Dunn. An earlier novel by the author of the deservedly-hyped-a-few-years-ago Geek Love
. This one is about a teenage girl runaway.