book review: what i learned in a thousand towns (dar williams)

Right, so. I have a blog. I also have a therapist. She’s new. I’ll call her LS, because that’s her name. It has been a rough mental health year for me because besides, you know, a fucking disgusting racist xenophobic sexual assuaulter being elected President, both my longtime prescriber and therapist BOTH retired. The last…

book review: on bowie – rob sheffield

The thing about Rob Sheffield’s writing is that he always conveys music as both deeply personal – this is how I feel about this song – and deeply human – this is why this makes us feel the way it does – and that seems to be the reason only he could write the book,…

book review: exile in guyville (gina arnold ; 33 1/3 #86)

Two or three years ago, when this title was announced by Bloomsbury, I was excited, because I thought that Gina Arnold might be able to explain Exile In Guyville to me. To tell me what makes women of a particular age — say 32, because I know this record never kicked for my baby sister,…

book review: a whole new ballgame – caryn rose

Last Saturday I was sitting at Trav’s dining room table, eating scrambled eggs and bacon, and talking about — something. Something that was in all likelihood not related to baseball at all. Definitely not this book. Something that prompted me to say, “Hold on, I need to see who’s on the Astros’ top ten prospects,”…

book review: turn around bright eyes — rob sheffield

I have a lot of feelings about Rob Sheffield’s new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love & Karaoke. This is, in part, because Rob Sheffield’s writing about music just gives me feelings, because he says things in the way I want to say them, often, where I end up trying to say…

book review: the rolling stones 1972 (jim marshall)

Throughout his entire career, Marshall battled for access. Without free access, he couldn’t do what he did – breathe in the moments and freeze them on film. — Joel Selvin, in the introduction This is a photo book that highlights the importance of access; not of being friends with the musicians that you shoot (though…

book review: the polaroid book (taschen 25th anniversary edition)

I have a Polaroid. It was my maternal grandmother’s, and it came with two packs of expired, unusable film. I haven’t bought any film from the Impossible Project yet, because I never have any money, but I love Polaroid cameras, and photos. I love the instance of it; the whole point of it, really. I…

read what i had, volume two

In January, I resolved to only read books that were on my GoodReads to-read list on January 1. This went … sort of well. What I ended up reading in January: Second Chance Summer, Morgan Mattson Carry The One, Carol Anshaw Gone, Gone, Gone, Hannah Moskowitz Teeth, Hannah Moskowitz Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of…

book review: you are awesome

You Are Awesome, Cicada Books, 2012. First, how nice is it to have a book that right up front tells you that you rock? I need more books like that. You Are Awesome is a book of 21 crafts; gifts for yourself, or to make someone else feel awesome. I need more of that in…