Archive for the 'Books' Category


The Billy Joel Book

Billy Joel by Fred Schruers It really was different. It bugs me that people claim otherwise, the youngsters who were not around and the oldsters hanging on by a thread. First and foremost, as Malcolm Gladwell said in “Outliers,” timing is everything. Jason Flom’s father may have been blackballed because he was Jewish, but he […]

Station Eleven

I woke up thinking about Turkish drummers It didn’t take long, I don’t think much about Turkish drummers But it made me think of Germany and the guy who sold me cigarettes Who’d been in the Afghan secret police Who made the observation That it’s hard To live “Get Up Jonah” Bruce Cockburn Get Up […]

Amanda Palmer’s Book

“The Art of Asking” You should read it. Even if you’ve got no idea who Amanda Palmer is, even if you’ve never listened to her music, or dislike it. Because Amanda Palmer is Internet Famous. That’s right, while everybody’s been decrying the online world, with Taylor Swift agitating against Spotify this very week, Amanda Palmer […]

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

An eight year old girl in war-torn Chechnya? Really? It’s a girl’s book. I’ve never heard any guy talk about it. When it comes to the domestic sagas of overseas personages the females eat them up and the males don’t even start. Which is why I had no intention of reading Anthony Marra’s “A Constellation […]