04 January 2013

2012 Reading List, July- December

Not so long a list as it should be.  Following a pennant winner requires sacrifice.

Walt Crawford, Librarian’s Guide to Micropublishing.
See full review here

Michael Azerrad, Our Band Could Be Your Life. NY: Back Bay Books, 2002.

The author has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, Billboard, &c; the chapters, which read like extended feature articles, each cover the development of a ‘major’ underground band from the ‘80s, including Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Replacements, Mudhoney, and Sonic Youth.

Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night. NY: Dell, 1961.

Vonnegut’s second major contribution to American moral philosophy: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Also, make love when you can. It’s good for you.

Reay Tannanhill, Sex in History. New York: Stein and Day, 1980.

A fairly balanced look at the biological imperative, as interpreted throughout recorded history, with extensive notes and bibliography for those interested in learning more about the mystery dance.

Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle. NY: Dell, 1963.

Thanks to Ice, formulation number nine, it’s the end of the world as we know it--and I feel fine.

Tom Reiss, The Black Count.
See full review here

Gene Ambaum & Sophie Goldstein, Poopy Claws. Seattle: Overdue Media, 2012.

An all-ages picture book, this tells the story of a boy and his cat Stinky, who does not like using his litter box. Stinky also dislikes Auntie, who visits every Sunday and thinks Stinky is a rodent.

Adam Mansbach & Ricardo Cortex, Go the F*ck to Sleep. NY: Akashic, 2011.

A tired father tries to calm his child for bed with an exasperated lullaby.