As readers, we cheat on books; the monogamous reader is a rare thing. Most of us have a stack on our nightstand or a queue in our e-reader, and we bounce back and forth. Some books are longer reads, taking months or even years. Other books are one night stands, captivating in the dim hours of night and leading to bitter regret as we wake to a cold, unforgiving alarm clock (and work day) in the morning. So the question is, what are you reading now?
Molly Wizenberg‘s A Homemade Life has been on the top of our stacks as we get read for next week’s show at the Royal Room, but what else have we been reading and listening to lately? We asked some Bushwick Book Club Seattle writers and performers to tell us what else they had on their list.
I actually just finished Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, the Edward Curtis biography by Timothy Egan. I absolutely loved it as it dealt with settings in both the Northwest and my home area of the Southwest. Besides that I’ve been picking up chapters here and there of Malcolm Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw which are select stories he wrote for the New Yorker. The book came out years ago and I got it as a gift from my brother-in-law, but I only get to read a chapter or so between book club books. I liked Gladwell’s Blink and Tipping Point a lot. This one is good too, but I think lacks the academic quality of those, probably due to the limit of length and need to bridge between stories.
Oh yeah, I’ve been listening to Tai Shan’s new album Living Fiction on bandcamp and it is amazing! I’ll also be joining Read and Destroy at Tai’s CD release show at the Tractor Tavern on Sunday, May 18 and may do a Tai Shan cover!
Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans, by John Marzluff and Tony Angell
I’m fascinated by animals in general and crows in particular, and Marzluff and Angell – whom we’re very lucky to have living and working among us here in Seattle – are really wonderful at bringing to light some of the incredibly intelligent and “human-like” behaviors of corvids and giving some of the science and biology involved without just bogging you down in dry scientist-speak. I would love to have a beer with these guys some time and talk crows, but this is the next best thing.
What I’m currently listening to: Some homemade recordings by my buddy Matty Ploszaj, who I met from the open mic I host at the Bourbon Bar in the Columbia City. We’re getting together along with some other folks tonight to work on them and will be doing some recording this weekend. When I’m not listening to a friend’s music, I’m often listening to Neko Case, Madeleine Peyroux, The Cowboy Junkies, Elbow, Bob Marley or some hot and heavy workout tunes by Wax Motiff and Neoteric if I’m getting my cardio on!