PAUL "BLOWFISH" LOVELL
Book List 2012
I read them in this order.
A lot this year. I surprised myself.
The American Experience: Poetry
Ed by - Smith/Corbin/Ebbs 1968
The Tomb F. Paul Wilson
Modern Pulp novel. I didn't know anyone was writing
this way anymore.
The American Experience: Non Fiction
Ed by - Smith/Corbin/Ebbs 1968
Excellent overview of American writers
including: Lincoln, Steinbeck, Twain, Buchwald and Poe
The Mysteries of Pittsburg Michael
Chabon 1988 Novel.
I didn't like it but I had been to Pittsburg so I gave it a try.
Reflections of New York Pamela
Thomas 1991 Coffee
table book on NY with Photos by Karen Kent.
Mother Night Kurt Vonnegut
Modern Drama, Poetry and Essays Ed
by Maline and Berkley 1967
Marty, Glass Menagerie, Frost and
The Numerati Stephen Baker
computer information gathering is affecting our lives.
The Romantics and the Victorians Ed
by Francis Camilla 1961 Poetry
by Burns, Shelley, Keats, M. Arnold, Browning and Tennyson.
A Pictorial History of Radio Irving
Settel 1967 The
concise text was full of info.
Painted Ladies Robert B. Parker
The Dying Animal Philip Roth 2001
The Limits of Vision Robert Irwin
has mental breakdown because of OCD with dirt. Unusual novel refers to Darwin/Blake/DaVinci.
Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
Michael Korda 2010 Fantastic
Slowness Milan Kundera 1995
One Kind of Traitor John Le Carre
Discovering the American Past- A look at The Evidence
Wheeler and Becker 1994 Looks
at the Boston Massacre, Mill workers, slavery and Mexican war.
Broken Summers Henry Rollins
rants by the Spartan rocker. Good.
Murder Melody Kenneth Robeson
Macbeth William Shakespeare
The End of the Poem Paul Muldoon
insights and deep analysis in these close readings of 15 poems.
Queen: In Their Own Words Mick St.
Michael 1992 Rock
group picture book and bio.
The Westies T.J. English 1990
Tales of the Irish Mob in NYC in late 70's early 80's.
The Blessings of Liberty Peck and Pollock
1988 Lectures from
the National Archives about the Constitution.
Turing's Cathedral George Dyson 2012
The first computers and lots about John von Neumann
and IAS at Princetown NJ.
King Lear William Shakespeare 1600
As I grow older I pay attention to this play.
According to the Rolling Stones Ed by Lowenstein
and Dodd 2003 Lots
of pictures. Text is all quotes from band members. Good.
Roman Polanski F.X. Feeney 2006
Great pictures and good text.
Existentialism - A Casebook on Existentialism
William V. Spanos 1966 Excellent:
literature, commentary Philosophy and criticism.
Cosmicomics Italo Calvino 1965
Imaginative tales based on the science of the creation
of the universe.
Guitar Heaven Neville Marten 2007
A review of electric guitar models.
The Great Book of French Impressionism Horst
Keller 1982 Coffee
table book with large color plates.
The Beatles: The True Beginnings Roag, Pete
and Rory Best 2003 About
the Casbah Club and Mona Best.
The Two Lolitas Michael Maar 2005
Investigating the origins of Nabokov's Lolita.
God and the New Physics Paul Davies 1984
Many hard concepts explained in a clear way.
Rock: Guitar Heroes Various 2011
Interview and profiles of 100 guitarists.
The American Mercury Reader Ed by Spivak
and Angoff 1944 First
rate stories by Faulkner, Mencken and Fitzgerald.
Comedy at the Edge Richard Zoglin 2008
The story of stand-up comedy of the 70's.
Sein Language Jerry Seinfeld 1993
His stand up material, mostly.
Delacroix Phoebe Pool 1987
Bio and pictures.
The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea Philip
R. Craig 1991 Murder
mystery set on Martha's Vineyard.
Curious Moments Hendrik Neubauer 2006
700 photos form 1920-60. Human interest and lesser
moments even while wars are going on.
Bad Business Robert R. Parke 2004
Photographic Seeing Andres Feininger 1973
Explaining the art of photography.
The Glen Campbell Story Freda Kramer 1970
Short celebrity bio.
Nothing's Sacred Lewis Black 2005
Didn't like. Obvious observations.
How The Web Was Won Paul Andrews 1999
The workings of Microsoft and Bill Gates.
King Philip's War James D. Drake 1999
The author calls it a 'civil war' in New England 1675-76.
The Street of Clocks Thoas Lux 2003
Pure Drivel Steve Martin 1998
Doubleshot Raymond Benson 2000
Bond adventure - didn't like.
A Pocketbook of Poems: Robert Frost Ed by
Louis Untermeyer 1960 Very
LL Bean - The Making of an American Icon
Leon Gorman 2006 The
story of the clothing company. Good.
Napalm and Silly Putty George Carlin 2001
Funny and extremely acerbic.
Rainer Maria Rilke - Selected Poems Ed by
C.F. MacIntyre 1968 Good.
Shakespeare's Progress Frank O'Connor 1960
Part bio and part critical study. A lot of detail in
a small book. Very good.
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson 2011
On Knowing - Essays for the Left Hand Jerome
S. Brunner 1965 10
essays. Wide ranging with deep moments. Concerned art, creating, learning and
Temple of Gold William Goldman 1957
Coming of age novel. Didn't like.
Images of a Golden Past Christopher Brown
genre painting of the 17th century. Good.
All The Pope's Men John L. Allen
Jr. 2004 Inside
story of Vatican policy making.
The Beats Harvey Pekar - more
2009 A graphic
history of the beatniks.
The Butcher's Boy Thomas Perry
Modern Poets Corso/Felinghetti/Ginsberg
The Double Minded Men Philip
R. Craig 1993 Martha's
SCUM Manifesto Valerie Solanas
(intro by Avital Ronell) 1967/2004
Quite a read. Manifesto is an over the
top sick screed. The intro gives it philosophical attention and that is hilarious.
Enjoying Modern Art Sarah Newmeyer
Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years
Patrick Humphries 1988
Tristan anad Iseult Retold
by Joseph Bedier 1943
Full telling of the legend that is
used in operas etc.
Black Orpheus Jean Paul
Sartre 1948 Well
The Professional Robert
B. Parker 2009 Spenser
Fruits of the Poisonous Tree Archer
Mayor 1994 Mystery
novel set in Brattleboro VT.
The Spirit Level Seamus
Heaney 1996 Poems
- very good.
Mathematics in Fun and in Earnest Nathan
A. Court 1961 The
philosophy of math. Fun? Maybe for Euclid.
State of Blessed Gluttony Susan
Thomas 2004 Poetry.
Legends of the American Desert Alex
Shoumatoff 1997 History
and culture of the Southwest.
The Marble Mask Archer
Mayor 2007 Mystery
novel set in Brattleboro VT.
Howl - A Graphic Novel Allen Ginsberg -
Animated by Eric Drooker 1956/2010
Didn't like the graphics that much.
The Big Book of New American Humor Novak/Waldoks
from 1965 to 1990.
I Met the Walrus Jerry
Levitan 2009 Teenager
from Toronto interviews John Lennon.
Doing Our Own Thing John
McWhorter 2003 The
degradation of English and music. Well written. Many entertaining examples.
Handel Percy M. Young
bio and part musicology. Loved it.
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Agatha
Christie 1940 Poirot
The Last Tycoon F.Scott
Fitzgerald 1941 His
last unfinished novel. Very good.
Sound and Sense Laurence Perrine 1973
Collection of Poetry. A reread for me.
The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky
Alejandro Jodorowsky 2005
Amazing stories but you can't believe anything is true.
Jumble of mysticism, psychology and Zen.
Feynman Ottaviani and
Myrick 2011 Graphic
novel bio of Feynman. Not big on this, rather read the source material, some
of which I have.
The Magnificent Ambersons Booth
Tarkington 1918 Liked
some facets of this and disliked others.
Cliff Hanger Phipip R.
Craig 1993 Mystery.
First Love Ivan Turgenev
1860 Short novel.
Devil at My Heels Louis
Zamperini 2003/20011 Remarkable
true story of an Olympia and POW. WWII memoir.
Sleeping Murder Agatha
Christie 1976 Fast
Magic House of Numbers Irving
Adler 1957 Enjoyable
book of number tricks.
A World Without Us Alan
Weisman 2007 Audio
book. Lots of ecological concerns in pre and post-world without humans.
Blink Malcom Gladwell
2005 Pop psychology.
I don't buy it all.
The Function of Criticism Yvor
Winters 1957 This
guy is harsh. Finds fault even with Shakespeare.
The A to Z of Astronomy Patrick
Moore 1976 Good
review of the basic principles of Astronomy.
13 At Diner Agatha Christie
1933 Poirot mustery.
Film Music: A Neglected Art Roy
M. Prendergast 1941 Very
good. Overview with musical examples.
V is for Vengence Sue
Grafton 2011 Mystery.
Hitman David Foster 2008
Fast gossipy bio of music producer/writer. Involved
with Celine Dion, Groban, Houston, Jackson, Striesand, Buble.
Outlaw Blues Paul Williams
1969 Rock analysis
from the middle of the creative vortex of the late sixtes.
Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance
Robert M. Pirsig 1974
Didn't like this. Audio book.
The Touchstone Edith Wharton
Best Music Writing 2006 M.
Gaitskill - ed. 2006 Very
The Forgotten 500 Gregory
A. Freeman 2007 WWII
rescue mission in Yugoslavia.
Playing With Infinity Rozsa
Peter 1957 Deals
with basic math concepts. Very good.
People of the Book Geraldine
Brooks 2008 Historical
fiction - did not like.
The Wrecking Crew Kent
Harrtman 2012 Loved
this look at the studio musicians of the 60's and 70's.
High Profile Robert B.
Parker 2007 Jessie
Music of the Baroque Edith
Borroff 1970 Many
musical examples to play. Dry but good.
Faithful Place Tana French
2010 Murder Mystery
with Irish Setting.
From Bauhaus to our House Tom
Wolfe 1981 Boy,
he hates the Bauhaus.
Where Shall Wisdon Be Found Harold
Bloom 2004 Talks
about great writers though the ages. Plato/Homer/Shakespeare/Cervantes/Goethe
Everything Belongs Richard
Rohr 1999 He throws
Zen ideas into western Religion, focusing on contemplative prayer.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha
Christie 1920 Poirot
The Non-Designer's Design Book Robin
Williams 2004 Very
Little Black Book Of Stories A.S.
Byatt 2003 Fiction,
short stories. I didn't like.
All Our Yesterdays Robert
B. Parker1994 Novel.
A Boy's Will and North of Boston Robert
Frost 1914 His
first two collections.
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