A Fabulous Creation by David Hepworth was a light, fun, quick read - the history of the album in chronological sequence from (I think) 1967 - 1982. Now reading Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe by Serhii Plokhy, having seen the recent TV series and having been involved in international political lobbying for the Safe Containment Structure in the early 90s.
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2019 20:42:41 GMT by Dr Hugbine: Edited to overrule the fucking spellcheck "correcting" the author's name from Plokhy to Plucky.
Post by Terra Incognita on Aug 2, 2019 17:14:58 GMT
I re-read Oliver Sacks' "An Anthropologist on Mars" for the umpteenth time last year, then decided to go on Amazon and buy used copies of the rest of his oeuvre. Spent weeks reading them one after another, in utter amazement at the vagaries of the human brain and our ability to adapt to just about anything.
Bossa Nova-The Story Of The Brazilian Music That Seduced The World, by Ruy Castro
Fantastic history of music and culture. A very detailed description of the scene, major figures and minor characters there at the beginning.. Joao Gilberto's journey is fascinating, dismissed by everyone, he managed to find a new approach by incessant practice. When Jobim heard his guitar and voice, many of the songs languishing in his desk were completed and performed in this "new" style. Today they are indisputable classics. Well written, humorous and not overly opinionated.
I sit and think of everything, then I wonder where I've been.
Post by Terra Incognita on Aug 13, 2019 3:13:03 GMT
The Literary Review and The London Review of Books. Not books per se, of course, but wonderfully compelling, well-written and thought-provoking grist in between bouts of housecleaning, often leading to purchases I never regret. I've been reading them on and off since the early '80s and periodically (hah!) purchasing subscriptions -- to LR last year, LRB in 2019. Regular oases, they are, in my hectic life.
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