Thursday Playlist: Summer stuff

Thanks to a recent birthday, I’ve acquired a few new books. I’m very excited about them. Has anyone out there read any of these and care to offer an opinion? It’s kind of an intimidating stack, but what a lovely way to get through the heat of August. Air conditioning and a great book. What more do you need?

In alphabetical order (by title):

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Deliberate Speed: The Origins of a Cultural Style in the American 1950s by W.T. Lhamon, Jr.

Eat. Shop. Philadelphia: A guide to locally owned eating and shopping establishments by Cabazon Books

Lenbachhaus Munchen by Olafur Eliasson

Let’s Wrestle by David Shrigley

Mondo Sexo, A study of Sex Customs of Primitive People in the World Today by Dean Starkey

One Good Turn, A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw by Witold Rybczynski

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sweet and Vicious by David Schickler

The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know is Wrong by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis

The Sea by John Banville

Oh, and birthdays are also good for mix tapes. I’ve made a mix tape mix tape (roughly 2 songs from each of the seven mixes) to give you a sampling. Interestingly, three artists showed up twice (with different songs) OMD, Julianna Barwick, and Tom Brosseau. Hmm? Well, enjoy!

The Playlist:

Altered Images “Happy Birthday”

The Love Unlimited Orchestra “Welcome Aboard”

Black Eyed Peas “I gotta Feelin”

Bachelorette “Intergalactic Solitude”

The Rolling Stones “Waiting on a Friend”

Bruce Springsteen “Growing Up”

OMD “Talking Loud and Clear”

The Antiques “Airplane Blues”

Waylon Jennings “Are you sure Hank did it this way?”

Tom Brosseau “Been True”

We Have Band “You came out”

Loose Joints “Tell you (today)”

OMD “Distance Fades Between Us”

The Cave Singers “Untitled”

The Movies “Missed Opportunities”

New Buffalo “Cheer Me Up Thank You”

Oh, and one last thing, isn’t Summer more fun now with True Blood? How about last weeks cliff hanger? Oh, Sookie and Sam will you be OK?

PS. Due to technical difficulties, the mix is not uploading tonight. I will inform when I’ve fixed that. So sorry.

10 responses to “Thursday Playlist: Summer stuff”

  1. Your new books sound delightful — the only one I have read is “One Good Turn”, which (IIRC) was fun to read — I don’t remember it being earth-shatteringly great or anything but yes, enjoyable.

  2. Jeremy Zitter says:

    Someone else put Tom Brosseau on a mix? Hmmm. Who, what song? I was just watching this really sweet YouTube video of him the other day.

    Also, David Shrigley rules.

  3. lane says:

    great video, can a wes anderson cameo be far behind ? . . .

  4. Natasha says:

    The list of books sounds great. It’s so wonderful that you can read so many books in just one month; I wish I could do that. Can’t wait to hear the mix.

  5. swells says:

    Well, I have read Eat, Shop, Philadelphia–I lifted your copy about one day after you got it and toted it around Philly before returning it to your kitchen. And I LOVE The Sea and (as you know) The Thin Place. But what kind of a pervert would give you a book called Mondo Sexo?? As for seven new mix tapes . . . you are truly blessed this year.

  6. Farrell says:

    Ah, Shrigley, yes, a special old man. And Tom Brousseau, what a guy. I believe Scotty likes him too. Especially that song “Bars.” And, yes, Steph, funny you mention those. I plan to kick off the reading list with them two books, The Sea and The Thin Place. And, agreed, Mondo Sexo (published 1969) is a truly revolting depiction of throbbing glistening quivering greedy plunging primitive people’s sexual practices. I wish I never owned it or read it. Or reread it. I wish I could just throw it away or off my night stand. Gross!

    Oh, did I ever say I planned to read all these books in a month? Lordy, please, dear Natasha, try try try to not misinterpret something from every post. You can do it!

    PS. Still working on the divshare problem. Soon!

  7. trixie says:

    farrell, that’s catty.
    maybe because you have 7 cats?
    anyone want a kitten???

  8. Natasha says:

    LOL, Farrell, we must play chess someday…

  9. LP says:

    Of those books, the only one I’ve read is Prep. I remember liking it, but that’s all I remember about it. In one brain cell and out the other. Perfect summer read!

    I want a kitten! But I can’t have one in this apartment, with this sneezy, allergific partner. wwwwwAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! Now I’m sad.

  10. LP says:

    I wanted to add this to Dorothy Gale’s “My new favorite artist” post, but comments were closed. More new-old-style-art here.