Cities of the Plain
Marcel Proust 1920
The best there is.
Lord Weary's Castle/The Mills of the Kavanaughts Robert Lowell 1945/51 I liked it but heavy handed on the religion.
Bel Canto Ann Patchett 2001 Novel. Did not like it at all.
Life Studies/For the Union Dead Robert Lowell 1960 Poetry. Good.
Printer's Devil Stona Fitch 2004 Novel about a dystopian world. (Stona used to be in Scruffy the Cat)
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll Peter Guralnick 2015 Amazingly great.
St Mark's is Dead Ada Calhoun 2015 The history of the NYC street.
The First Eagle Tony Hillerman 1998 Mystery novel.
The Two Worlds of Marcel Proust Harold Marsh 1948 Excellent analysis. Lots of clarifications.
The Peaceful Silence of the Silent Mind Lama Yoshe 2004 Short book on Buddhism/meditation.
Hugger Mugger Robert B. Parker 2000
The Complete Poems 1927 - 1979 Elizabeth Bishop 1983 Very good.
Andy Warhol: The Complete Commissioned Record Covers Paul Marechal 2008 He did about 50. I never knew.
X Sue Grafton 2015 Two more books left in this long running series.
In Search of Schrodinger's Cat John Gribbin 1984 The fascinating paradoxes of the quantum world - made easy (as possible) .
Contentment, a Way to True Happiness Johnson/Ruhl 1999 Rules on how to live the calm Zen life. Good.
Genius: the Live and Science of Richard Feynman James Gleicck 1994 Loved the science and the captivating Feynman personality.
All Yesterdays Parties Eddy Clinton Heytin 2005 Reviews of the Velvet Underground 1966-71. Interesting for how it shows the development of rock criticism as much as the VU.
The Dream Songs John Berryman 1965 Includes 77 Dream Songs, History, His Dream, His Rest. I loved the style. I didn't get a lot of the content. It eluded me.
Rockin': the Rockabilly Scene Andrew Shaylor 2011 Mostly photo book.
There Goes Gravity Lisa Robinson
2014 Tales of her
rock life, disappointing.
Selected Poems Delmore Swartz 1959 Lou Reed's favorite. I thought it had a few good ones.
Selected Poems Randall Jarrell Various Good.
The Wounded Surgeon Adam Kirsch 2005 Helpful explication of 6 poets: Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, Jarrell, Scwartz and Plath .
The Twelve Chairs Ilf & Petrov 1928 Satiric farce, lampoons Russian types.
The Movie Book Various 2016 Review of major movies of all time.
West of Jesus Steven Ketler 2006 Patchwork of ideas/philosophy strung together with surfer attitude .
Catch 22 Joseph Heller 1961 Not as mind bending as when I read it in the sixties.
Selected Poems William Carlos Williams 1962 Didn't capture me.
Lost in Shangri La Mitchell Zuchoff 2011 True story of WWII rescue mission in New Guinea.
The Comedians Kliph Nesteroff 2015
History of American comedy. Good.
New Theories of Everything John D/ Barrow 2007 Astronomy, excellent.
Holbrook/Middleton/Wevill Same 1963 Three English poets. Liked Holbrook the best.
The Beatles: A Hard Day's Write Steve Turner 2009 The stories behind every song.
The Speaker of Mandarin Ruth Rendell 1983 Inspector Wexford mystery.
Stay Illusion! : The Hamlet Doctrine Critchley/Webster 2013 Deep analysis (maybe over analysis) of Hamlet. Great way to wallow in the play without rereading it.
Bauhaus Frank Whiford 1984 Good overview of school/movement.
Nothing Feels Good: Punk rock, teenagers and emo Andy Greenwald 2003 The story of Emo.
Don't All Thank Me At Once: The Last Pop Genius of Scott Miller Brett Milano 2016 Cult songwriter of Game theory and the Loud Family
The Best of S.J. Perlman SJ Perlman 1947 Very funny. New Yorker articles. They are light, but dated and not PC.
Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers .
Richie Unterberger 2000 Music
Who I Am Pete Townshend 2012 Loved the Who tales and the look into the rock star life.
Nana Emile Zola 1898 Classic. Reread for me.
The Art of the Novel. Milan Kundera 1986 Illuminating ideas from a deep thinker.
The Birth of Western Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle Aryeh Kosman 2004 Audio book.
What Are You Looking At? Will Gompertz 2014 Review of art movements since impressionism.
Ten Little New Yorkers Kinky Freidman 2005 Mystery novel.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This Dave Stewart 2016 Bio of Eurythmics founder.
The Company She Kept Archie Mayor 2015 Mystery with Brattleboro, VT backdrop.
Have Mercy Wolfman Jack/Laursen 1995 Autobiography of the DJ.
Black Eyed Blonde Black a/k/a Banville
a la Chandler.
Twelfth Night Shakespeare 1601 Classic.
Younger Than That Now Bob Dylan 2004 Collection of Bob Dylan interviews 1964-97. Does one ever get a handle on this guy?
The Club Dumas Arturo Durez-Reverte 1993 Mystery novel that Roman Polanski based his movie The Ninth Gate.
My Struggle Karl Ove Knausgaard 2012 Autobiographical novel, much acclaimed. I was not captivated like other readers have but still it was good.
The Universal Tone Carlos Santana 2014 Autobiography. I like the tales of San Fran in the sixties.
A Sport and a Pastime Kayes Salter 1967 Split feelings with this novel.
Rough Weather Robert B. Parker 2008 Spenser novel.
The Best of 2.13.61 Publications Ed Henry Rollins 1998 Writings by Iggy Pop, Jeffery Lee Pierce, Nick Zedd, M. Gira, Alan Vega etc.
The Big Contemporary American Poets Ed by Mark Strand 1969 Very good, poets after 1940.
Poet's Choice Ed by
100 Poets pick a favorite poem they
The Grouchy Grammarian Thomas Parrish 2002 Common mistakes in English.
Ministry Al Jourgensen 2013 Absolutely insane goings on.
Bicycle Diaries David Byrne 2009 Mostly a travelogue with commentaries on subjects that interest him. Good.
Knocking on Heaven's Door Lisa Randall 2011 About the Large Hadron Collider and a lot more.
The Village John Strausbaugh 2013 History of Greenwich Village. Early exciting times that fall off to nothing after 1980.
Monsieurs Proust's Library Anka Muhlstein 2012 Connection between what Proust read and what he wrote. Very good.
Jimi Hendrix: The Man, The Music, The Truth Sharon Lawrence 2004 I felt I finally got the whole story in context .
And Another Thing Eoin Colfer 2009 Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide continued with new author. Close enough for me.
Baudolino Umberto Eco 2000 Story spun from myths and history of Europe in the 1200's.
A Little Yellow Dog Walter
An Easy Rawlins mystery.
David Hockney Biography 1937-75 Christopher Simon Sykes 2011 Very readable and good balance between art and life.
River Out of Eden Richard Dawkins 1995 Clear explanations of Darwinian science.
The Judas Goat Robert B. Parker 1978 Early Spenser novel.
Collected Poems of Weldon Kees Ed D. Justice 1955 Downer poetry. Kees committed suicide.
Third Rail Rory Flynn 2014 Pseudonym of Stona Finch. Boston backdrop.
City on Fire Garth Risk Hallberg 2015 Much talked about book. NYC is like a character. I found it interesting but not compelling .
The Art Book Phaidon 1994 500 color plates of 500 artists with short informative text.
Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists Iain Ellis 2008 Obvious choices. Not much extra insight.
The Tempest Shakespeare 1600 Not a fave.
Elvis Has Left the Building: Death of the King and
the Rise of Punk Dylan Jones 2014
Not much punk, just a book about Elvis.
Book of Evidence John Banville 2012 Novel - did not like. It was not believable or involving.
Guillaume Apollinaire and the Cubist Life Cecily Mackworth 1963 Great. Puts you right in the middle of Paris and the great artists bursting with creativity. Apollinaire had a dynamic personality and was central to the era.
Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles 1949 Very good. Intense.
Young Frankenstein: The Making of the Movie Mel Brooks 2016 All fluff.
Instant Gratification Christopher
Lapp 2010 The
Art of the mobile phone camera.
A Hard Day's Night Ray Morton 2011 Music on film.
A Treasury of Contemporary Houses Architectural Record Mag 1954 Photo book.
Whistler at the Hunterian Art Gallery Illustrated Guide 1990
Art at the Riksdag Building 1990 Swedish art .
Turner John Rothenstein 1962 Profile
Radio Head John Osborne 2009 Reviewing British Radio today.
Icons - Design of the 20th Century Charlotte, Peter Fiell.
De Capo Best Music Writing Letham, Bresnick 2002 Short story.
Cliffsnotes to Nana Emile Zola
Elebnis Der Gegenwart Albert Schug 1969
The Place Within Ed by Jodi Daynard Writings about the American countryside.
Bossypants Tina Fey 2011 Bio.
The Pursuit of Signs Johnathan Culler 1981 Semiotics , Literature and Deconstruction
The Creative World of Mozart Paul Lang 1963
The Sound of the City Charlie Gillett 1996 Summary of R'n'R .
The Ethics of Ambiguity Simone de Beauvoir 1948
Green Day Revealed Ian Shirley 2011 Photo book.
Paul Verlaine Paul Verlaine 1870 Women and Lovers with illustrations.
Charles Baudelaire Charles Baudelaire 1860 To A Courtesan with illustrations.