Last CD you bought/ Book you read


more crickets than friends
just bought "no more shall we part" remastered. it has a cd and a dvd, the dvd is a dvd-audio which has the whole album, a ton of alternate versions and a ton of b-sides. I gotta say, for $13.99(used) it just made my favorite nick cave album that much better. the dvd audio sounds amazing. love it.
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Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
In the Movie 'Fear and Loathing', in a scene, HST was reading a book titled The Death Ship by B.Traven. Like a peeping Tom I bought the book and received it today. No idea what I am about to read.

Cleaning up the mess here. (A week off.) I find that I have a copy, unread so far, of The Death Ship. Any review of it, Black Swan? Or did you give it up early on?

The only book I've read by B. Traven was The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. At least I think I read it. It's on one of my book shelves. The movie images dominate my recollection. "We don't need no stinking badges."

I knew I was going to misquote. The book version is different from the movie version. And the version I quoted above is from an episode of the Monkees. Wow!

(Reading Scott Young's book Neil and Me right now.)

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!

I am reading a few books at the same time. I have started The Death Ship and I think that I am going to like it.
I have been sidetracked by Riding Out the Dumb Slilence, Death at the Flea Circus and Back to the Machine... all that good stuff!

And I need a bath!
Book --> The Neon Bible, by J.K. Toole
CD--> Two singles. I've been listening to Anything goes,performed by Cole Porter, and Maybe, by the InkSpots.

Hating Olivia - Mark SaFranko (Loved it!)

Halfway through LONDON PUB REVIEWS - Paul Ewen (a fine book for anyone who has been thrown out of a bar!)

Have read several books by this author but never read this till now. The Judge is one primordial evil son-of-a-bitch. If you haven't read this I recommend you do so.


I'll forever have hope that these blokes will reunite. I don't care the cost of admission, I'll go see 'em.
Serge Gainsbourg the years 58-59. Fun and jazzy, I bought the double cd after watching the beautifully surreal film 'Gainsbourg' (

I just finished one of Bill's gems- A.D.Winans 'Drowning like Li Po in a River of Red Wine ' (which is well worth your money) and am reading the last couple of stories of a penguin collection of Russian short stories (the usual suspects, plus some I hadn't come across until now). My girlfriend pointed out that despite the quality of the writing a large number of the stories end with the protaganist either dying, or going mad. I liked that. She didn't.
"You Can't Win" is a great book. It really got under my skin. For anyone who like J. Fante, Burroughs and Buk, I would recommend this. Hell, I'd recommend this to anyone who can read.
Yes, the book JUNKIE by Burroughs was in many ways based on You Can't Win and some of the characters show up in Burroughs work.

I think that the book is in public domain. I have given some thought to republishing it. It really is an amazing book.

One big problem is finding anything on the author, which is completely made more impossible with him sharing a name with a movie star.
Junkie is more understable. The others are not...really. But I don't know, I'm might be way off here and I'm sorry...

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
Cleaning up the mess here. (A week off.) I find that I have a copy, unread so far, of The Death Ship. Any review of it, Black Swan? Or did you give it up early on?
I had abandoned the book, lack of time and concentration, but I have picked it up again and I am reading it slowly. I think it is fucking amazing. I am not so good at writing reviews because I am too emotional. My empathy usually overrides my sense of criticism, and my fear, my sense of direction, as in South of No North :confused:. But somewhere, in there, it reminds me of Hunger by Hamsun. I have found the rhythm and it is getting easier to read.

Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
My reading habits have become very poor in the last few years. Poor eyesight or poor brain or something. With some time off recently I did read a baseball book, Three Nights in August, by Buzz Bissinger with Tony LaRussa. Bissinger had written Friday Night Lights which I read long ago and enjoyed. Then I reread The Death of Ayrton Senna by Richard Williams because I'd seen the documentary. Then I thought I should get "literary", but avoided the Traven book and went for another that's been sitting around gathering dust, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, because of a PBS show I'd watched, but I've set that one down and gone back to my sort of brain candy, Apathy For the Devil by Nick Kent. I'll get it all read, someday, I'm sure. :rolleyes:

Hangover Square -- Patrick Hamilton (100 pages far, it's terrific!)

On deck: Terry Southern, Studs Terkel...

Perfect -- I'll steal it from the next mope I see having tea and crumpets... (Read as: buy it)

Based on the 100+ pages I've read thus far, I'll give anything he wrote a look.
Last book I read:
Alain Robbe-Grillet's Jealousy. This book has always fascinated me and I have read it about 5 times or so over the years. I just finished it again and am still impressed at the tension that Robbe-Grillet can create in what seems at first to be another boring story about a cheating lover. My old paper back of this with the cover photo of the jalousie windows had fallen apart and had missing pages so I had to purchase a new one. It did not have the photo on the cover and that kind of dismayed me - when I first read it years ago it took me a little while to figure out that the french name was La Jalousie and that it was a double entendre meaning jeolousy as well as the jalousie window through which the protagonist spied on his wife. The repetition of what is going through the protagonists mind as he pieces together his wife's affair has haunted me for 30 years.
'Goodstone' by Fred Voss. Being a Socialist at heart, his work makes me happy. Apparently upon its release it was in The Morning Star's (British Socialist Newspaper) top 10 books of the year. I'm lucky enough to have a signed selection of his work in DWANG #3. I also like his beard. Although out of print you can pick up copies of Goodstone fairly cheap on ABE (mine was about £4/$6).


Last month I finished up A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Enjoyed the hell out of it. Egan is a gifted writer with a sly sense of humor who can change voices from chapter to chapter pretty convincingly. One is written from the perspective of a celebrity gossip columnist/loser who goes off the rails. Another chapter is written entirely in PowerPoint, which sounds way too "post-modern" - I know - but it's one of the most moving chapters in the entire novel.

I'm currently reading Lowboy by John Wray. It's a thriller that contains some beautiful language too. The story of a 16 year-old schizophrenic who goes off his meds and escapes into NY City's subway system on a mission to save the world from global warming... I'll let you know if he succeeds.


Damn - wish I had seen this earlier. I just ordered "Swamplandia" by Karen Russell, but will keep this one in mind too.