Author Archive for Justin Moyer

Five Books I’d Read

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

1. I Am #7: George Lucas, by Grace Norwich, illustrated by Elisabeth Alba
Hype surrounding Twilight and Hunger Games-inspired young-adult lit (a.k.a. "YA") neglects the Scholastic oeuvre—that is, YA not about vampires or children fighting one another to death, but hagiographic life stories about [...]

Five Books I’d Read

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

1. The Iron Bridge, by Anton Piatigorsky
Was Chairman Mao a typical teenager? Maybe, maybe not. A more relevant question: Would the typical teenager, given command of the world's most populous nation in the 1950s, have embraced five-year plans and cultural revolutions that terrorized [...]

Five Books I’d Read

1. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin
I got super bummed when Tony Soprano died. (Because I think of James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, I will hereafter refer to Gandolfini as "Tony Soprano" in print and in conversation. [...]

Five Books I’d Read

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

1. The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, by Niall Ferguson
The author of this book dissed John Maynard Keynes for being gay awhile back, but I can't help being interested in it anyway: I'm attracted to narratives about how things are getting [...]

Courtney Love: “I Wasn’t Allowed to Be Part of Grunge”

In the early 1990s, I bought Hole's record Pretty on the Inside because I thought the band, which formed in Los Angeles, was from Seattle. Twenty years later, I talked to Courtney Love, who is on tour and playing the Fillmore this Saturday, for 16 minutes and tried to type as fast as she spoke. [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. The Outsider: A Memoir, by Jimmy Connors
I've always liked Jimmy Connors because he looks like Pete Rose. That is, he looks like an underdog—like a guy someone found at a Wawa in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before putting a tennis racket (or a [...]

Five Books I’d Read

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

1. Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today, by Mark Gerchick
I really wish the former FAA dude who wrote this book had been next to me on those sad days when I've flown in and out of Newark Airport.
2. The [...]

Five Books I’d Read

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

1. Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman
The heavy-metal scene has long been known for eschewing drugs and alcohol. Though he sometimes behaves unusually, Ozzy Osbourne is and always has been a sober person; Pantera's Diamond [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.
1. Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns, by David Margolick
Before there was a debate about gay marriage, there was a debate, unfortunately, about whether to marginalize and alienate gay dudes until they were driven to early graves from alcoholism [...]

Five Books I’d Read

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

1. Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies, by Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky
It took many years of feminist counter-programming for me to abandon my mistaken belief that Yoko Ono was a witch who broke up The Beatles. That doesn't mean I'm a fan of her [...]

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