Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Books 2006

There was a "challenge," I suppose, floating around the internet last year -- read 50 books in 2005. Ever late to the party, I vowed to do so in 2006-- for all I know I've been reading 50 books yearly, but I've never counted. So to keep me honest, the rundown thus far:

1. "Resurrection" by David Remnick
2. "Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Michael Azerrad
3. "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk
4. "Spring Flowers, Spring Frost" by Ismail Kadare
5. "Burr" by Gore Vidal
6. "Life is Elsewhere" by Milan Kundera

To be updated as I finish new tomes. It may seem a little self-absorbed to post such a list, but what is a blog if not a way to act out self-absorption?

3 comments:

fredoluv said...

I read the Azerrad last year. It was pretty fun, if a little fanboy.

Otherwise, I have kept to my regimen of "only reading the first 50 pages of a book" pretty successfully.

gsdgsd13 said...

Yeah, and I'll admit that my interest in the Azerrad book varied depending on my interest in each particular band -- Minor Threat and Black Flag were my favorite chapters despite having heard those stories a million times. And Beat Happening may have been one of the more interesting chapters in the book, but I confess to a bit of impatience going through that.

(It didn't hold totally true-- I enjoyed the Mudhoney piece enough to have to go back and reaffirm that I don't like Mudhoney)

As for the first 50 pages of a book problem, may I suggest "Balkan Ghosts"?

fredoluv said...

I finished Balkan Ghosts, pal.

I love the first couple Mudhoney records.

The book made me listen to Minor Threat, most of which I actually liked.

But still, yeah, the refusal to have any critical distance on those bands got irksome to me. I loved Beat Happening at the time, but anyone who thinks they inspired greatness needs to change their diapers.