At Home He's a Tourist

He fills his head with culture/ He gives himself an ulcer.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Some recent reads:

Chuck Klosterman, Fargo Rock City: a Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural Nörth Daköta. Picked this up in the remainder bin to send to my metalhead of a brother. Once at home I opened it up out of curiosity and ended up scarfing it down in one sitting. It's rock journalism at its best: funny, insightful, informed, and opinionated. I like reading high-spirited defenses of critically maligned art forms; if only someone of equal talent would do the same for my beloved prog rock. As interesting as the book is, however, I remain unconvinced of the aesthetic merits of Open Up and Say...Ahh!.

Philip K. Dick, Martian Time-Slip. Starts off slow, and the writing is occasionally flat, but still worthwhile.


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