Monday Musings: Recent Reads

Monday Musings returns with some things that I have recently read. There’s something in here for the history buff, music lover, and comic book reader. Check the books out below.

Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year¬†History¬†is the full name of this book. I’m usually not a big person who is into history in the typical sense. However, what Kurt Andersen accomplishes here is an interesting read that focuses on a specific theme in history. It’s a bit of a long read, but well worth your time.

Personal Stereo by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

The music nerd in me was thrilled to read a book that heavily discusses the Walkman. While I never had one, it’s a good look into the history of the device and the format in general. It’s definitely a good read.

Back To Brooklyn by Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti teamed up for a gruesome comic about the mob life in Brooklyn. Jimmy grew up there and the trade has some personal notes from him in the introduction and at the end of the book. If you aren’t up for a super graphic comic, pass on this, but if it won’t bother you, this is worth checking out.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

This was a fantastic read. Kim Gordon has done so many things that aren’t strictly music related but are still great to read about. She gives a very personal look at everything that happened throughout her career with Sonic Youth, even when the band broke up and later reunited for some shows. There’s also some great points that she brings up about women in the music scene. I highly recommend this one.

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.