Bunker Complex

Read in December ‘13. 
Recommended:
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Clever misfit teenage boy without a heart of gold but does right anyway.
The Spectacular Now - Clever and aloof teenage boy with a heart of gold but is self-destructive.
Ghostman - Clever yet bored 30-year-old man with no heart and plenty of gold as a result.

Read in December ‘13. 

Recommended:

  1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Clever misfit teenage boy without a heart of gold but does right anyway.
  2. The Spectacular Now - Clever and aloof teenage boy with a heart of gold but is self-destructive.
  3. Ghostman - Clever yet bored 30-year-old man with no heart and plenty of gold as a result.
Gem Club

—Hypericum

Gem Club - Hypericum

Based on decades of observation, I propose that sudden high levels of praise always trigger an equal amount of inner self-loathing.

—Chuck Palahniuk, Tell-All

I entered Excessive Modesty Mode. Nothing is stupider and more ineffective than Excessive Modesty Mode. It is a mode in which you show that you’re modest by arguing with someone who is trying to compliment you. Essentially, you are going out of your way to try to convince someone that you’re a jerk.

—Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Sébastien Tellier

—Adieu mes amours

Sébastien Tellier - Adieu mes amours

November reads.
Recommended:
The Wolf of Wall Street: A swindling turd you can’t help but like. 
Men On Strike: Abbreviated look at our horrible, horrible culture gender shift.
Cracked: Get your crap together, psychiatry. You’re funking up the legit medical field with your unstandardized/unreliable/unvalidated methods of testing and treatment.
The Humans: British humor + science fiction = joy, always.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making: Added to my shortlist of books to read to my daughter when she’s a little older.
NurtureShock: Parenting methods, backed by research!
The Bonfire of the Vanities: Horrible characters, yet a delightful read. Tom Wolfe’s signature.

November reads.

Recommended:

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street: A swindling turd you can’t help but like. 
  2. Men On Strike: Abbreviated look at our horrible, horrible culture gender shift.
  3. Cracked: Get your crap together, psychiatry. You’re funking up the legit medical field with your unstandardized/unreliable/unvalidated methods of testing and treatment.
  4. The Humans: British humor + science fiction = joy, always.
  5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making: Added to my shortlist of books to read to my daughter when she’s a little older.
  6. NurtureShock: Parenting methods, backed by research!
  7. The Bonfire of the Vanities: Horrible characters, yet a delightful read. Tom Wolfe’s signature.

His genius had only begun to flower. This was only journalism, after all, a cup of tea on the way to his eventual triumph as a novelist.

—Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

oldloves:

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:
"Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know. And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”
- from Live from New York: an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

oldloves:

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:

"Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.

So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”

We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know. 

And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.

It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”

- from Live from New York: an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

If one did not have at least a little luck, one would never survive childhood. But luck can be spent, like money; and lost, like a memory; and wasted, like a life.

—Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

M83

—Holograms

M83 - Holograms

Eurythmics

—The Miracle Of Love

Eurythmics - The Miracle of Love

Been listening a lot to Europa FM radio online and rediscovered this gem. Thanks, Romanian DJs!

This was, I would later realise, a planet of things wrapped inside things. Food inside wrappers. Bodies inside clothes. Contempt inside smiles. Everything was hidden away.

—Matt Haig, The Humans

Books read in October. The ones to definitely read in bold below:
Adam Carolla - Poor soul with tragically horrible hippie parents. A how-not-to-raise-your-own-kid manual. Rachel Shukert - Perfect capture of the spirit of Old Hollywood.Greg Sestero - The background story of the movie The Room, Tommy Wiseau, and how Greg (Mark in The Room) survives both their friendship and making the movie. This is one of maybe three or four books in my memory that make me snicker+snort out loud. That’s a feat!Stephen King - King’s hit and miss with me, but this one involves a sociopath! Auto-amazing.Dave Eggers - My nightmare and Google/Facebook/Twitter’s dream.Patrick Rothfuss - Sad times fantasy hero. Reminds me of Fitz from The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. *Single tear*Thomas Sowell - Genius mind who defines pithy.

Books read in October. The ones to definitely read in bold below:

Adam Carolla - Poor soul with tragically horrible hippie parents. A how-not-to-raise-your-own-kid manual. 
Rachel Shukert - Perfect capture of the spirit of Old Hollywood.
Greg Sestero - The background story of the movie The Room, Tommy Wiseau, and how Greg (Mark in The Room) survives both their friendship and making the movie. This is one of maybe three or four books in my memory that make me snicker+snort out loud. That’s a feat!
Stephen King - King’s hit and miss with me, but this one involves a sociopath! Auto-amazing.
Dave Eggers - My nightmare and Google/Facebook/Twitter’s dream.
Patrick Rothfuss - Sad times fantasy hero. Reminds me of Fitz from The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. *Single tear*
Thomas Sowell - Genius mind who defines pithy.

Butch Walker

—I've Been Waiting For This

Butch Walker - I’ve Been Waiting For This