Author Archive for Justin Moyer

A Book I’d Read: The Good Inn by Black Francis

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: The Good Inn
Authors: Pixies frontman Black Francis, aka Frank Black, aka Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, and Josh Frank, seemingly unrelated serial co-author and purveyor of "words and ideas for cash"
The Vibe: Surrealist
What It Is: A novel about pioneers of pornographic film living [...]

A Book I’d Read: The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church
Author: Pope Francis, a.k.a. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a.k.a. the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State
The Vibe: Pontificating
What It Is: A collection of inspirational scribblings by "The People's Pope" in re: a more accessible Catholic [...]

A Book I’d Read: Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter
Author: Randall Balmer, Episcopal priest, Vermont resident, and a guy who's generally psyched about President No. 39
The Vibe: Christian
What It Is: A biography of a much-maligned president, whose life story is told through the prism of his faith [...]

A Book I’d Read: The Noble Hustle

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death
Author: Colson Whitehead, a melancholy scribe who's written a melancholy book about John Henry, melancholy essays about New York City, and a melancholy novel about zombies
The Vibe: Disenchanted
What It Is: An unusual tome about playing cards [...]

A Book I’d Read: MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction
Editor: Chad Harbach, n+1 editor and novelist
Notable contributors: Dead genius and writing professor David Foster Wallace; living genius and writing professor George Saunders
The Vibe: Professorial
What It Is: A book-length version of Harbach's controversial n+1 essay, [...]

A Book I’d Read: Peter Hook’s The Hacienda

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Clubk
Author: Peter Hook, former bassist of Joy Division and New Order
The Vibe: English
What It Is: Hook's memoir of the Hacienda, a Manchester nightclub and financial disaster co-founded by New Order and Factory Records
Quotable: "We once worked [...]

A Book I’d Read: The Jesus Lizard Book

in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.
Title: The Jesus Lizard Book
Authors: Duane Denison, Mac McNeilly, David Wm. Sims, David Yow, a.k.a. The Jesus Lizard, a scary post-punk quartet from Chicago
The Vibe: Masculine
What's In It: A bunch of cool pictures of The Jesus Lizard at various stages of its 20-plus year [...]

The 43 Books I Read in 2013

I read 43 books in 2013. They are listed below in reverse chronological order.
Because I read books for many purposes—for pleasure, for school, and to write book reviews for money—I offer this list to demystify/illuminate the art of reading/reviewing as I have come to understand it since reading my first book in 1981 at age [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, by Jeff Guinn
Probably less creepy than reading your mother's yellowed, dog-eared copy of Helter Skelter, as I did in the late 1980s.
2. The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature, by [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Signifying Rappers, by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello
It's nice to see white intellectuals taking on hip-hop, just like it's nice to see narcissistic dads deign to put down their Smartphones to give their daughters bad advice about shooting free throws at the [...]

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