notable recent reads

Long time no blog, right? But I'm back with three recently read, utterly awesome books, all written by women with three names: Adrian Nicole Leblanc, "Random Family" Leblanc spent a decade hanging out with a random family from the Bronx, then she wrote this book. I'd read an interview with her in New New Journalism… Continue reading notable recent reads

Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis and Kurt Andersen, “SPY: The Funny Years”

I found an old issue of this acerbic, New York-centric magazine for a dollar and fell in love with it. Got a good deal on this hardcover from Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh! THE LOWDOWN Published: 2006, 304 pp. Obtained via: Copacetic Date started: 2.10.09 Date finished: 2.30.09 What I liked: The mid-'80s seem like such… Continue reading Graydon Carter, George Kalogerakis and Kurt Andersen, “SPY: The Funny Years”

Malcolm Gladwell, “Blink”

Malcolm Gladwell is a writer for the New Yorker, and he cracks me up. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2005, 280 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 10.12.08 Date finished: 11.10.08 What I liked: The question he asks in this book is how do we know the things we know? Why are first impressions so often, and… Continue reading Malcolm Gladwell, “Blink”

“The New Kings of Nonfiction,” edited by Ira Glass

THE LOWDOWN Published: 2007, 456 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 9.2.08 Date finished: 9.14.08 What I liked: This collection of essays is absolutely top-notch. I especially loved Malcolm Gladwell's "Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg," Michael Pollan's "Power Steer" and Coco Henson Scales' "The Hostess Diaries." What I didn't like: I assumed the essays would… Continue reading “The New Kings of Nonfiction,” edited by Ira Glass

Hanna Rosin, “God’s Harvard”

This Washington Post writer's in-depth study of Patrick Henry College is one of those books that I can't stop talking about and recommend to all of my friends. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2007, 304 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 8.12.08 Date finished: 8.17.08 What I liked: Rosin spent a lot of time with the students… Continue reading Hanna Rosin, “God’s Harvard”

Brian Wood, Richard Burchielli and Nathan Fox, “DMZ: Public Works”

The latest installment of the series I've been reading that takes place in a demilitarized Manhattan in the midst of a new civil war. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2008, 128 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 7.16.08 Date finished: 7.18.08 What I liked: This comic comes off as so much more serious after reading "Transmetropolitan" for… Continue reading Brian Wood, Richard Burchielli and Nathan Fox, “DMZ: Public Works”

Warren Ellis and Derick Robertson, ‚ÄúTransmetropolitan” vols. 3 through 10

The final eight volumes of the series I started zipping through earlier. THE LOWDOWN Published: 1999 to 2004, about 144 pp each Obtained via: Pat Date started: 6.18.08 Date finished: 7.3.08 What I liked: The renegade journalist fighting for justice, the feisty assistants saving his ass. What I didn't like: The especially gory stuff. What… Continue reading Warren Ellis and Derick Robertson, ‚ÄúTransmetropolitan” vols. 3 through 10