Mmmmm, book

Hi everyone! I was going to post some sweet pictures from the European or Japanese tour and remembered that I didn't bring my phone, which is my camera. But I can sum up what any picture would be of: great times. Both tours were absolutely amazing and all the people we met were fantastic. Every time I sit down on the toilet I long for the Japanese heated seat- conclusive proof that Japan has its priorities straight especially when it comes to energy consumption.

Anyway, I suppose I'll plug a couple of really great books that I've been reading. The first is called Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein. This is the best history book I've read in a really long time. It reads like a novel in a lot of ways, and its actually made me laugh and tear up at different points. Very entertaining and informative. The other is The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century, by Alex Ross. It's a really well-written book about 20th century music with a focus on classical stuff. There's also a website with listening excerpts to go along with it. It's already made me appreciate a few composers a lot more than I had before, and I haven't even read that much of it yet. I apologize if the second half is terrible. But, as LeVar Burton said a bunch of times, you don't have to take my word for it. If you trust Bjork more than me, you'll be interested to know that she's quoted inside the front jacket, where she calls the book "incredibly nourishing." Mmmmm, book.


Spena said...

BOOKS!The Rest is Noise has been amazon wishlisted. CHECK. I guess that's what a music major should be reading in his spare time, huh?

Well what I am reading is 2666 by Robert BolaƱo. It's a 900 page sprawling fiction about love interests between literary critic, and crimes against women in Central Mexico, and by the way it's insane and I love it.

Anonymous said...

"audio culture: readings in modern music" edited by cox is a really good survey of essays by all the champs of the 20th century: cage, young, eno, etc.

you should also read "haunted weather" by david toop. he focuses on the avante-garde movement of the last century, but does so in such a beautiful, poetic way. he also compiled a companion double disc to go with it. fantastic.


...its not you, its your narrative said...

hey ryan - thanks for the ideas. I'm checking this book that James suggested, but then your right after!

Sean said...

1) I'm learning Japanese right now. I'm mad you don't have pictures.

2) I just suggested you on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon's msg board to be a musical guess on his show. Here's hoping. You guys deserve exposure.

3) I have the distinct pleasure of playing with Joel T. on a weekly basis for worship at church. What a fantastic person. He makes me wish I was better at guitar.

4) You guys (and girl(s?)) are just great. Thank you.

- sean

Sean said...

guest. I meant guest.