Friday, January 11, 2013

Why Yes, I Do Agree That Robin Zander Is A Vocal Genius




Collateral Damage by Stuart Woods.  New Mexico lawyer Stone Barrington rights wrongs and circ's mightily.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.  The cover reminds me of Rikki Tikki Tavi.

Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton.  Short stories of a private detective with a VW.

1356 by Bernard Cornwell.  Cornwell continues creating corpses of killed continental creeps.  [Dead French.]

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz.  Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick should use different author photos.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Picture Books for Adults and Lots of Exercises

Picture Books

Bottoms Up: a toast to Wisconsin's historic bars and breweries by Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz with photographs by Mark Fay.  Beer and brandy.

I heard this story by a guy who toured the winery that distills either Christian Brothers or E&J brandy.  The guy telling me the story told a winery worker he was from Wisconsin.  The winery worker pointed to the three loading bays serving the brandy warehouse and said, "Those are three bays serve the United States.  Everything from that one (as he pointed to one of the three) ships only to Wisconsin."

Prom by Mary Ellen Mark.  I read review.  The review said this photography book of prom photos was interesting.  It is.

Star War the Old Republic Encyclopedia: the definitive guide to the epic conflict by Ian Ryan. My house is filled with so many Star Wars LEGO sets.

Home Herbal: cook, brew and blend your own herbs edited by Susannah Steel.  "Strawberry and macadamie smoothie...acts as a male reproductive tonic."

The Holmes Inspection: the essential guide for every homeowner, buyer and seller by Mike Holmes.   "Everything about this little basement bathroom is wrong."


Jillian Michael's Killer Buns and Thighs with Jillian Michaels.  Jillian Michaels can kill you with her thighs I guess.

Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 with Jillian Michaels.  If you take 30 minutes to rip something you should just use a knife.

Jilliam Michaels Killer Abs by Jillian Michaels.  Jillian Michaels's abs are on death row in Louisiana.

Ultimate Kettlebell for Beginners by Paul Katami.

Killer Joe starring Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon.  Texas police detective is also a hired killer.  He takes partial payment for a murder in the form of his client's sister.

Large Print Avalanche is Imminent

Large Print

The Child's Child by Barbara Vine.  AKA grandchild.

Goldberg Variations by Susan Issaacs.  Glenn Gould content unknown.

After the Rain by Karen White.  Your shoes may get muddy.

A Wish and a Prayer by Beverly Jenkins.  AKA No planning.

Don't Say A Word by Beverly Barton. A Word.

The Rancher by Diana Palmer.  And the farmer can be friends.

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg. Vacation in Lebanon, KS.

Fox Tracks by Rita Mae Brown. From all the running.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.  Lassie?  Pete the Pup?  Hooch?

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu.  Of smarmy blog entries.

Do You Enjoy Books? How About Music?

Books You May Enjoy

Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.  Quick name some husband-wife writing teams.  Muller- Pronzini!  Max Allan Collins-Barbara Collins!  Those are the only two I can think of.

Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly.  Looks like a romance.  Set in 1894.  I hear Halen Van was popular that year.

Blood Money by James Grippando.  Florida attorney takes murder case with massive media exposure.  The accused (Casey Anthony stand-in )is assaulted upon acquittal and the same attorney is asked to look into things.

Music on CD You May Enjoy

Master Works for Strings by Douglas Lilburn. String musicians play string music.  I enjoy another CD of Lilburn's work.  I don't recall how I ran across the CD but here is a piece from there with photos of Middle-earth.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Music and Video

Melodic Noise Is Digitized and Distributed in Physical Form

Come Home to Mama by Martha Wainwright.  Note to listeners: do not become pals with Martha Wainwright and anger her.  Link to review.  (Embedded song by Wainwright includes standard Wainwright vocabulary, so do not play where a singer singing profanity is frowned upon.  I have headphones on.)

Warrior by Kei$ha. Approved by Megan Abbott.  I think Abbott likes the aggressive persona. That is a guess because I do not actually know Abbott.

Yes, the actual spelling is Ke$sha.  But has some impressive comments: Taste never enters into Ke$ha's equation: she's gleefully vulgar embracing the magic in a dude's pants, copping a rapper's growl, tossing out profanity, encouraging the shock and awe of any listener with a lick of sense. Ke$ha may play dumb but she isn't stupid: she knows a good hook, whether it's in the rhythm, chorus, lyric, or melody, she knows how far to take it to the edge, knows how to be tacky without being gross.  Here is a profane song singing duet with Iggy.

Good Kid, M.A.AD. City: a short film by Kendrick Lamar.  I have no idea what this is, I ordered off a catalog listing of bestsellers.  Here, lets check the YouTube...seems to be rapping.  Continuing the cursing theme is a rapper singing a rap song.

The Aftermath: ascension by Coheed and Cambria.  Heavy metal by heavy metal singers singing heavy metal songs.  The other CD the library owns, Year of the Black Rainbow, has checked out very well.  Find one of their songs by yourself.


Lawless starring Shia LeBouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain.  How do Australians pronounce "Guy"?  Bootleggers get in gunfights and talk tough.

Katy Perry: part of me by Katy Perry and [many support musicians and staff].

Company starring Stephen Colbert and [lesser lights].  Stage production of Stephen Sondheim musical.

Liberal Arts starring [actors I won't bother listing].  Plot?  Watch the trailer.