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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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