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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1800 on: January 25, 2017, 09:07:58 AM »
I quit reading Heads sometime around '86 in his chronological timeline. Maybe I will jump back in this weekend.

I did some skimming here and there but overall found it worthwhile.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1801 on: January 26, 2017, 05:06:33 PM »
Throwing it back, actually first time reading this:

I don't think I've read that since it was assigned to me in high school.  I should probably go back and read it again, I'm sure I would appreciate it much more than I did at the time. 


As for me, I'm almost done with this:



It's a very moving story that takes place (mostly) in NYC shortly before, during and after WWII.  It's follows two Jewish cousins in Brooklyn, one of whom escaped from Nazi-occupied Prague to get there, who go on to become key players in the golden age of comic books.  I knew next to nothing about that industry before digging into it and, while I can imagine that a comic book nerd would really love the premise, you don't need to know anything about it to enjoy the book, as it's really a story about family and friendship.  There's also a lot of stuff about magic/escapism -- Harry Houdini shit -- so if that also interests you, then this is the book for you.  But, again, those are really just plot devices that are used to tell a much bigger story, so I would still recommend it to anyone really, regardless of your interest (or lack thereof) in comics/magic. 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1802 on: January 26, 2017, 05:22:11 PM »
Throwing it back, actually first time reading this:

I don't think I've read that since it was assigned to me in high school.  I should probably go back and read it again, I'm sure I would appreciate it much more than I did at the time. 


As for me, I'm almost done with this:



It's a very moving story that takes place (mostly) in NYC shortly before, during and after WWII.  It's follows two Jewish cousins in Brooklyn, one of whom escaped from Nazi-occupied Prague to get there, who go on to become key players in the golden age of comic books.  I knew next to nothing about that industry before digging into it and, while I can imagine that a comic book nerd would really love the premise, you don't need to know anything about it to enjoy the book, as it's really a story about family and friendship.  There's also a lot of stuff about magic/escapism -- Harry Houdini shit -- so if that also interests you, then this is the book for you.  But, again, those are really just plot devices that are used to tell a much bigger story, so I would still recommend it to anyone really, regardless of your interest (or lack thereof) in comics/magic.

Great book, reminds me that I need to read Telegraph Avenue which is about a record store in Berkeley. 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1803 on: January 26, 2017, 06:30:11 PM »
I'll have to add Telegraph Avenue to my list.  I had never read anything by Chabon before, and I figured it was time to finally check him out, so I picked up used copies of "Kavalier and Clay" and "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" on the cheap.  Best four dollars I've spent on books in quite a while! 
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1804 on: February 02, 2017, 12:22:19 AM »
I'll have to add Telegraph Avenue to my list.  I had never read anything by Chabon before, and I figured it was time to finally check him out, so I picked up used copies of "Kavalier and Clay" and "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" on the cheap.  Best four dollars I've spent on books in quite a while!
Don't know why I never check this thread out.  I read a ton and am always looking for new stuff.  I want to check out Kavalier and Clay.  I have had Telegraph Ave on my Kindle for about a month.  It was on the staff picks shelf of a local bookstore so I threw it on the Kindle but haven't gotten to it yet.  Finished the Owsley bio a few weeks back (highly recommend) and have gotten through about 3/4 of Heads but haven't picked it up in a month.  Kind of lost steam for me but I'll finish it I'm sure.  Have to go back and look at this thread to see what's already been discussed.  Need to check out those Bitches Brew books too.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1805 on: March 20, 2017, 10:35:28 PM »
Just finished:



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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #1806 on: April 12, 2017, 06:36:03 PM »
I'll have to add Telegraph Avenue to my list.  I had never read anything by Chabon before, and I figured it was time to finally check him out, so I picked up used copies of "Kavalier and Clay" and "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" on the cheap.  Best four dollars I've spent on books in quite a while!

After taking a little break, I decided to dive back into Chabon's stuff.  I'm currently a little more than halfway through Telegraph Avenue, and I'm enjoying it just as much as I did Kavalier and Clay and Yiddish Policemen's Union.  I can imagine that you Vinyl Thread regulars will go bonkers over the subject matter (there's also a bunch of goodies for jazz fans and film buffs)!

I have his latest novel (Moonglow) on deck.
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