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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

Midnight Mavericks: Reports from the Underground: 1

Midnight Mavericks: Reports from the Underground - Gene Gregorits, Chris D., Lydia Lunch, David Peace Gene Gregorits is a really great writer, which is the only reason I made it through this compilation of interviews with "underground artists of the No Wave." Gene has a passion for the dark, disturbing, creepy underground and his interviewees reflect that. He also skates a thin line between blatant misogyny and being dazzled by his favorite female artists (and Lydia Lunch co-interviews with him in the John Waters interview). There were many artists featured in this book that were just too dark for me, and in fact, I think several are certifiable psychopaths. And I was a little disheartened that the photos included of the (very few) women interviewed featured them in various stages of undress. My favorite interviews were with Andrew W.K., Johnette Napolitano, Carla Bozulich, Rockets Redglare, Patton Oswald, and Lydia Lunch. And a *really* creepy footnote - there is a photo of the author at the end of the book, taken 1997, in which he's wearing a t-shirt with a swastika on it. Couple that fact with the fact that there are next to no people of color interviewed in this book and things get even more creepier. Read at your own risk.