I picked up a new book the other day and now my head is full of glitter. It’s a book about glam rock, which I never tire of. It’s not newly published. It’s just new to me because I bought a used copy (in excellent condition!) at Third Place Books. I love reading, over and over again, about David Bowie’s evolution and his friendly rivalry with Marc Bolan of T Rex. One of my favorite photos in the book is of Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed with their arms around each other in 1972. Iggy Pop is wearing a T Rex shirt. BAM! That’s all I need right there. David, Iggy, Lou, and Marc. Okay, maybe not all, but pretty close.
I told Misha today that I love it when my rock idols turn into my literary idols. You’ve no doubt heard by now that Patti Smith won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for Just Kids. Hallelujah! Did you know she was on the cover of Publishers Weekly right before that? Look how adorable she is in this photo!
The avalanche of year-end best books lists has begun. It’s going to be hard to create my own list of favorites this year because I stopped keeping track of my reading when I started my writing project (you know, the one that describes lots of books, ironically enough). I haven’t updated my Goodreads account in many months. It’s one of those things that I keep thinking I’ll get to one of these days. HA! Reading the year-end best books lists, though, has helped me recall a number of excellent books I read this past year because many of them are on those lists.
Have you ever read any books by Daniel Handler? I haven’t, except when he was writing as Lemony Snicket. I was so blown away by his recent Seattle Arts & Lectures appearance that I’m going to have to at least give him a try. He was amazingly funny. Irony squared. I loved him. I am sorry to say, however, that my dear Sherman Alexie did not shine that evening. He was okay, but Daniel Handler was OUTSTANDING. Sorry, Sherman. I still love you, I promise.