Two books I recently read:Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
, Carl Wilson.
Not that Carl Wilson. I haven't read 'em all, but I suspect that this is the most interesting title yet published in the 33 1/3 series (though some of the more high-concept ones, like Kate Schatz' Rid of Me
book, a sort-of novella, come close). Sure, it's about a Celine Dion record, but it's also, mostly, about taste and coolness and the very complicated feedback-loop kind of way that people construct pop culture and their own selves. Highly recommended to music geeks and cultural-studies types. If you want an in-depth explication of Dion's creative process, though (or for that matter a bunch of glamour-shot photos of her), look elsewhere.Midnight Sun
, Ben Towle.
Here's a bold pronouncement about my tastes: anything both graphic-novel-ish and historical-fiction-ish, or nonfiction-ish, will probably be up my alley. This is a great story, with sparse and evocative illustration. It is, however, too short. (And, for any library collections types who may be reading, it might be a little bit more dark and profane than the YA standard.)