Hooray, hooray, it’s Friday Reads! Jason Heller’s review convinced me to take home Twelve Kings in Sharakhai – he usually doesn’t steer me wrong!
Editor Rose Friedman reports she’s enhoying The Mark and the Void quite a bit.
Boss Lady Ellen Silva is headed to Boston for the weekend and is taking appropriate reading: Walden. “I
always find the Transcendentalists to be so inspiring and centering,” she says.
Code Switch’s Karen Grigsby Batesreports, “Just
finished Elizabeth Egan’s I after resisting reading it for awhile. I liked it a lot. There were chick-lit aspects, sure, but there was
an awful lot of inside info on how publishing has changed over the years. And not in a good way. She also captures the current 24/7 cycle of many
workplaces, where you’re checking (and responding to) email, looking for the
Next Great Idea by moving through tons of reading matter and other stuff. Everybody’s producing, but fun seems to have been written out of the
Mama Susan Stambergkeeps her artistic streak going with Keeping An Eye Open: Essays on Art.
And finally, our TV critic and resident Prince geek Eric Deggans says “I’ve been reading Alan Light’s
Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain. Besides giving a
well-reported, blow-by-blow account of how The Artist put together a movie that
made a huge impact on me as a pop culture obsessed kid and a musician, the book
is also a chronicle of how and why Prince had such an impact in the ‘80s. The
film and soundtrack’s distillation of all that makes Prince so compelling –
weirdly impulsive eccentricity, exhaustive creativity, relentless work ethic
and insistence on artistic control – made Purple Rain a beautiful mess. It was
also a perfect summation of pop culture at the time and this book captures how
Prince pulled off the biggest success of his pop music career.“