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I can't say enough about this book. It was published in the UK last year and just came out in the US from Hogarth (Random House). She got a great front page review in the NYT Review of Books (!) and I heard her interviewed on NPR. Jenni is also a great lady in general. She comes from the small press as a poet and short story writer (I published a book of 2 short stories of hers last year) and the press is well deserved. A great book.


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thanks - just put a "hold" on it at the library.

i'm only 72nd in line!


“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
Just bought "Dandy In The Underworld" by Sebastian Horsley. Comes highly praised by Tony O'Niell, author of the awesome "Down and Out in Murder Mile"


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Latest record that's come into the house here...


It's not exactly a new release, and it's a hodge podge (as these box set things tend to be), but it's a god damn magnificent hodge podge.

Disc: 1
1. Purple Haze (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
2. Killing Floor (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 18, 1966) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
3. Hey Joe (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 18, 1966) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
4. Foxey Lady (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
5. Highway Chile (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
6. Hey Joe (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
7. Title #3 (Previously Unreleased Recording)
8. Third Stone From the Sun (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
9. Taking Care of No Business (Previously Unreleased Recording)
10. Here He Comes (Lover Man) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
11. Burning of the Midnight Lamp (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
12. If Six Was Nine (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
13. Rock Me Baby (Live: Monterey International Pop Festival, June 18, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
14. Like A Rolling Stone (Live: Monterey International Pop Festival, June 18, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
Disc: 2
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Live: Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 1967)
2. Burning Of The Midnight Lamp (Live: Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 1967)
3. Little Wing (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
4. Little Miss Lover (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
5. The Wind Cries Mary (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 9, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
6. Catfish Blues (Live: Olympia Theater, Paris, France, October 9, 1967) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
7. Bold As Love (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
8. Sweet Angel (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
9. Fire (Live: Clark University, Worcester, Ma. March 15, 1968)
10. Somewhere (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
11. (Have You Ever Been To) Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
12. Gypsy Eyes (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
13. Room Full Of Mirrors (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
14. Gloria (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
15. It's Too Bad (Previously Unreleased Recording)
16. Star Spangled Banner (Studio Recording)
Disc: 3
1. Stone Free (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
2. Spanish Castle Magic (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
3. Hear My Train A Comin' (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
4. Room Full of Mirrors (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
5. I Don't Live Today (Live: Los Angeles Forum, Ca., April 26, 1969) (Previously Unreleased Original Mix)
6. Little Wing (Live: Royal Albert Hall, London, February 24, 1969)
7. Red House (Live: San Diego Sports Arena, Ca., May 25, 1969)
8. Purple Haze (Live: San Diego Sports Arena, Ca., May 25, 1969) (Previously Unreleased Original Mix)
9. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (Live: Royal Albert Hall, London, February 24, 1969)
10. Izabella (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
Disc: 4
1. Message To Love (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
2. Earth Blues (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
3. Astro Man (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
4. Country Blues (Previously Unreleased Recording)
5. Freedom (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
6. Johnny B. Goode (Live: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, Ca., May 30, 1970)
7. Lover Man (Previously Unreleased Recording)
8. Blue Suede Shoes (Live: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, Ca., May 30, 1970)
9. Cherokee Mist (Previously Unreleased Recording)
10. Come Down Hard On Me (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
11. Hey Baby/In From The Storm (Live: Maui, Hawaii July 30, 1970) (Previously Unreleased Recording)
12. Ezy Ryder (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
13. Night Flying Bird (Previously Unreleased Alternate Recording)
14. All Along The Watchtower (Live: Isle Of Wight, England, August 30, 1970) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
15. In From The Storm (Live: Isle Of Wight, England, August 30, 1970) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)
16. Slow Blues (Previously Unreleased Recording)
I've got some versions of the same songs by Hendrix on a Hendrix BBC album that Castle Communications brought out ages ago:
The version of Killing Floor is amazing. Little Wing is one of my favourite songs ever as well. Not that I'm opposed to his harder stuff but a lot of his ballad-type stuff (if you could call that) is just fantastic. Hendrix has a bit of a connection with Newcastle through Chas Chandler and played in the city a few times.
My uncle saw him at the Club A GoGo.


I somehow neglected this thread for a year or so. Since Jan. 2013, I have read:

"Let The Great World Spin" - Colum McCann. One of those multi-thread narratives woven around a single event - Philip Pettit's tightrope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. McCann is a capable writer with a deep affinity for his flawed characters (much like Denis Johnson). In fact, two of these characters here I have found to be unforgettable. And I can't say that for too many novels I've read recently.

"The Yellow Birds" - Kevin Powers. A fictional war novel set in Iraq 2004 by a U.S. Army combat veteran who spent his G.I. college money (and then some) on an MFA in Poetry. That's all you need to know. Now go read it.

"Angels" - Denis Johnson. His first novel. Unbelievably involving and funny and wrenching and other-worldly. Everything you've heard about Johnson is present here. Hipsters will tell you to start with "Jesus' Son" to discover Johnson's talents but I say begin here.

"Vampires In The Lemon Grove" - Karen Russell. A collection of short stories that I enjoyed even more than "Swamplandia!", her Pulitzer-nominated novel of 2011. She creates weird little worlds of dreams, humor, wonder, and fear. Not exactly sci-fi or horror, she can still unsettle you. And yet she will walk you through beautifully constructed passages like this (from the title story)

Because I love her, my hunger pangs have gradually mellowed into a comfortable despair. Sometimes I think of us as two holes cleaved together, two twin hungers. Our bellies growl at each other like companionable dogs. I love the sound, assuring me we're equals in our thirst. We bump our fangs and feel like we're coming up against the same hard truth.

Best of all, Russell is only 32 and has years and years of story-telling to go...


“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
Set in a rundown New York in the mid-70's, the novel explores a year of heroin abuse and "diet pill" popping. "Requiem For A Dream" by Hubert Selby Jr. Very good, as is the movie by Daron Aronofsky.


And in the end...
I would like to read The Lost Weekend - I loved Billy Wilder's film with Ray Milland, although it didn't come across as a run down area, if I am remembering it correctly.

I read Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night on the back of seeing the film and preferred it. It was probably on of the first things I read that dealt with the more taboo subject (both in life as well as literature) of female addiction/denial, ditto - Tennessee William's A Streetcar named Desire.
May not have read them, but for the films.


And in the end...
I preferred reading the play, I felt more for Mary (the mother of the family) in the play than I did watching the film - Katherine Hepburn isn't one of my favourite actresses - I admire her as a woman, but for me there was a coldness or stiffness to her performances, don't know why.
Haven't bought music in well over 10 years. Except for vinyl. Think the last record I bought was Pink Floyd's 'Animals'.

I'm reading 'Lord of the Flies' and 'Mike Tyson's Autobiography'.