A few good books and an interesting documentary.
Book of the Month – All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer. This is a page-turning spy thriller well worth the read. (Review here.)
I also read the following:
- Dirtbags by Eryk Pruitt (review here)
- A trio of noir books by Bill S. Ballinger: Rafferty, The Body in the Bed, and The Body Beautiful.
- Quack This Way by Bryan Garner. Backstory on this book: I listened to an interview with Bryan Garner on The Moment with Brian Koppelman. Years ago, Garner wrote a book, Modern American Usage, and David Foster Wallace (one of my favorite authors) wrote a ninety-five page essay about the book. Wallace and Garner then became friends and Quack This Way is an interview of Wallace by Garner about language and such.
- Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hersh. I first heard of Vic Chestnutt, a singer, when he appeared on a song or two with Jack Logan. Who was this guy? Chestnutt was a quadriplegic, who developed a cult following with his music. He died a few years and this book, written by a friend of his, is a close up, unflinching perspective on the complications of friendship with Vic Chestnutt.
- The Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling by William Fotheringham. A long overdue biography on the five time winner of the Tour de France.
- Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay. A humorous book on life and living. Gay is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
TV & FILM
Going Clear- A documentary about Scientology based on the book of the same title. All I can say is ‘Wow, the things some people will believe.’
True Detective (Season 1) – A little late getting to this one. I can see why so many people liked it, although I’m not sure about the last episode. Pretty good viewing though.
Taken For Granted is in the copy-editing phase. Not sure how long it will take, hopefully not too long. My goal is fall at the absolute latest. Sooner if possible. There might be some news on the cover soon.