PAUL "BLOWFISH" LOVELL
Book List 2013
150 books this year. I read them in this order.
The Merchant of Venice
A reread for me.
Alpha and Omega Charles
Science of the beginning and end of the universe. Very
Selected Poems of Bertolt Brecht
Ed by H.R. Hayes 1947
Lots of politics - not surprisingly.
Fail Dave Morrison 2012
I love Dave's voice.
Blues Guitar Heroes Guitarist
Magazine 2010 Interviews
of over 50 blues guitarists.
Our Front Pages The Onion
Material from 1988 to 2008.
Red Run Rob Cornell 2010
Horrible novel I got for free to
test my new Kindle.
Peril At End House Agatha
Christie 1932 Bad.
Where Have You Been Sid Caesar 1982
Off Season Philip Craig 1994
Martha's Vineyard Mystery.
Comedy Thesaurus Ed by Judy Brown
quips, quotes and smartass remarks.
The Holy Terrors Jean Cocteau 1926
I fell under the spell of this classic (Les Enfants
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
the first third the best.
Breakfast with Socrates Robert Rowland
Smith 2009 Psychology
and sociology in everyday life.
Modern Business Mathematics Wallace
W. Kravitz 1975 I
didn't study this but got the principles out of it. .
Beethoven George Alexander Fisher
- good. Kindle read.
The Interpretation of Murder Jed
Rubenfeld 2006 Murder
mystery in NYC with Freud in 1906.
Roman Fever and Other Stories Edith
Wharton 1930 Good.
The Sorrows of Young Werther Wolfgang
von Goethe 1774 The
greatest depressing book ever. Kindle.
The Heart of the Sea Nathaniel Philbrick
of the whale ship ESSEX that inspired the story of Moby Dick..
The Czar of Fear Kenneth Robeson
1933 Pulp novel
- Kindle read.
A History of Modern Music Paul Collaer 1961
Concentrated, insightful analysis.
The Story of Art E.H. Gombrich 1967
Very good writing.
Widow's Walk Robert B. Parker 2002
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 1847
Did not like.
Despair: A moment or a Way of Life? C.
Stephen Evans 1973 Clear
explanation of existentialism and its literature by non-believer.
In the Deco Style Klein/McClelland/Haslam
1986 Coffee table
The American Journalist Loren Ghiglione
1990 Dated already.
Some colorful history of early journalism.
Treasury of American Verse Ed: John G. Brunini
1953 Wide variety of verse of varying quality
with subjects reflecting
the concerns of Americans like the Civil War.
My Ideal Bookshelf Mont/LaForce 2012
Lists of what other people are reading.
Illness as a Metaphor Susan Sontag 1978
Powerful exploration of the theme. Makes you aware
of the prominent problem.
Towards Zero Agatha Christie
1944 Mystery, entertaining enough..
Genome Matt Ridley
1999 Information and ramifications of
the mapping of the human genome .
Nightfall David Goodis 1947
Michelangelo Antonioni Seymour Chatman 2008
Life, career and film analysis of Antonioni.
Bad Lucky Number Clement R. Beaulieu 2012
Self-published novel set in New Bedford, Ma in 1930.
Glimpses of the Moon Edith Wharton 1922
Novel showing the lives of the rich in the 1920's.
Thomas Pynchon Judith Chambers 1992
Helpful, in-depth analysis of Pynchon.
Black Mass Dick Lehr/G. O'Neil 2000
Finally getting the whole Whitey story.
The Lost City of Z David Grann 2005
Shows the dangers of the Amazon and the tenacity of
Fermata Nicholson Baker 1994
Sex obsessed man is able to stop time - erotic adventures
Throwbacks James Bobrick 2005
Poems from a New Bedford poet. Excellent.
Within a Budding Grove Marcel Proust 1919
Classic, superior and captivating.
The Theater and Its Double Antonin Artaud
and high minded revolutionary retoric aimed at he theater. Provocative.
Endpoint John Updike 2009
Final book. Poetry. Touching.
The Day it Rained Forever Ray Bradbury 1959
Didn't like much. Short Sci-Fi stories.
Why We Make Mistakes Joseph Hallinan 2009
Lots of warnings to heed and lessons to learn in this.
Leaving Rock Harbor Rebecca Chase 2010
Fiction. Uses New Bedford mills in the 1900's as background.
The Birds Aristophanes 414
BC Classic. Snappy for something from BC.
Happy Days Samuel Beckett 1961
Bare. Funny. Like all Beckett.
Slow Learner Thomas Pynchon
1984 5 short
stories from the 60's. Intro by Pynchon is revealing.
The Phenomenon of Man Teilhard de
Chardin 1959 Thought
provoking. Evolution theory concerning the rise of consciousness
in man and
its future direction.
The Collected Short Plays of Samuel Becket
Samuel Beckett 1984
Bleak. Controlled. Bare. Getting idea of what he's
doing. Good intro.
Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera Victor
Appleton 1912 Mentioned
in Pynchon short story.
True Compass Ted Kennedy 2009
Auto-bio steeped in history. Very good.
I liked the inside look at major political figures of our times.
Frame by Frame Sebastian Smee
collection of Globe columns of appreciations of local paintings.
If I Live to be 100 Neenah Ellis
of people who lived to be 100; not revealing enough. Disappointing.
Realm of Algebra Isaac
Explains the primary theories of algebra.
Ocean Voices Ed. by Everett
Hoagland 2012 Poems
with the ocean as the subject.
Lollipop Lounge Genya
Ravan 2004 Very
satisfying auto-bio. Gritty and colorful.
The James Joyce Murder
Amanda Cross 1967
Refers to Joyce scholarship - but a terrible book.
The Modern Temper Joseph
Wood Krutch 1929
Super critical extistential essays. Very sharp. Liked
Death on a Vineyard Beach Philip
R. Craig 1996
The Widening Gyre Robert B.
Parker 1983 Spenser
Nature and Man's Fate Garrett
How evolution works. Excellent.
Elvis, Jesus and Coca Cola Kinky Friedman
entertaining mystery novel.
Kinds of Minds Daniel
C. Dennett 1996 Comedy
Ins and outs of human consciousness and the differences with minds of animals.
The Innocence of Father Brown
G.K. Chesterton 1911
Didn't like, too farfetched.
Miracle at Midway Gordon
W. Prange 1982
Got the general gist of the battle from this.
Walking Shadow Robert
B. Parker 1994
You Kant Make it Up Gary
Good. Lighthearted look at some philosophical problems.
Three Essays on America Van
Wyck Brooks1915-21 Essays
that look at literary America - bleak at the time. Good.
The Beach Boys and the California Myth David
Leaf Myrick 1978
Very good story and photos. Good detail.
Fifth Avenue Sam Wasson
2010 Liked. The
story around Breakfast at Tiffany's -the movie. Light read.
No Easy Day Mark Owen
2012 Seal operation
that killed Osama Bin Laden.
The White Album Joan Didion
essays on America in the 60's and 70's.
How Philosophy Can Save Your Life Marietta
McCarthy 2009 Sort
of an exercise book to put philosophy into your everyday life. Good.
Samuel Beckett; A Critical Study Hugh
Kenner 1961 Excellent.
The Sound and the Fury William
There's a lot to this but it left me cold. I could not relate to any character
20th Century Interpretation of the Sound and the Fury
Ed. Michael Cowen 1968
Collection of critical essays
Travel Unscripted Mark
Murphy 2012 So-so
as a travel book but a new experience having video part of the e-book format.
Aging Gracefully Robert
Barasch 2002 VT
poet. Liked it.
The Sea Around Us Rachel
Carson 1951/61 The
Physics and biology of the sea. Great. I was engrossed.
A Shoot on Martha's Vineyard Philip
R. Craig 1998 Mystery
The Immoralist Andre Gide
1930 Man rebels
against societies morals. Subtle prose.
New York Hardcore 1986-1993 David
Koenig 2009 ebook
- inside look at NYC hardcore at CBGB's and elsewhere.
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson
mandela 2006 Good
to be reminded of the struggles and the politics of Nelson Mandela's life.
died 5 months after I read this.
Magic of Public Speaking
Andrii Sedniev 1995 Good
lessons of Public speaking. Usefull tips. E-book.
In Search of Captain Zero Allan
C. Weisbecker 2001
Stories from a surfer - too much was drug oriented.
The Year's Best SF #5 Various
2000 Liked about
a third of the stories.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce 1916
Abigail Adams: An American Woman Charles
W. Akers 1980
Excellent. Amazing woman with interesting life showing society in early America.
The Seventh Solitude Ralph
Harper 1965 Subtitled;
Metaphysical Homelessness in Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche .
This was a
Christian critic of Existentialism but had sharp insights into Dostoevsky and
Plato: Defense of Socrates; Euthyphro and Crito
Plato 400 BC
Modern translation by Oxford Press.
On Photography Susan Sontag
1977 Classic essays.
Concepts of Modern Art
Ed. by Nikos Stangos 1981 Analysis
of art movements since Impressionism.
Jazz Masters of the Forties Ira
Gitler 1966 Inside
analysis of the golden age of jazz. Scene and players and recordings.
How Music Works David
Byrne 2013 Very
interesting musings on the founding principles of music as an entity and how
affects us and works as a business and art. Useful info.
When That Rough God Goes Riding
Greil Marcus 2010
Appreciation of Van Morrison.
Kandinsky Francois Le
Targat 1986 Art
book. Bio and 125 plates. Good text.
The Sculptor's Eye Greenberg/Jordan
of modern sculpture.
First Light Craig/Tapply
Bloom 2002 Mystery
Everything that Rises: A book of Convergences
Lawrence Weschler 2006
Similarities between disparate pictures and ideas.
We Killed Yael Kohen
2012 Story of
Women in American Comedy. Done interview style. Had inside tales and new views.
The Last of the Mohigans
James Fenimore Cooper 1826
Both good and bad things in this.
Night Passage Robert B.
Parker 1997 First
Jessie Stone novel.
Captain Beefheart Mike
Barnes 2011 Glad
to finally get all the background facts in the Beefheart career.
One Two Three Infinity
George Gamov 1961
Great. Explores various theories.
Hollywood Stories Stephen
Book of short anecdotes. Free e-book. Don't know why I read this gossipy book.
My Love Affair with Modern Art
Katharine Kuh 2006
Curator of Art at the Art Institute of Chicago interacts with modern artists.
Great. Rothko, Hopper, Leger stories.
Farewell Waltz Milan
Kundera 1973 Good
but not one of my favorites from Kundera.
Potshot Robert B. Parker
2001 Spenser novel.
Talk Show Dick Cavett
of NY times articles . I love his dry humor.
Madame Bovary Gustave
Next Big Thing Terry
Kitchen 2013 Set
in the Boston Rock scene 1982-86.
The Alchemist Paulo
Coelho 1993 Supposed
to be inspiring and magical but it all fell flat on me.
Physics of the Future
Michio Kaku 2011
Very Good. Window into how science will affect us in the future. Audiobook.
Point Omega Don DeLillo
2010 Short book
with a big punch.
Why Socrates Died Robin
Fascinating look at Athens and it's people
Pictures of the Mind
Miriam Bloeyn-Fitzgerald 2010
Advances in neuroscience.
Twelve Tomorrows Various
2013 12 Sci Fi
stories from MIT Tech Reviews
The Disintegration of Form in the Arts
Erich Kahler 1967
He hates the Avant Garde. Looks like an example of the generation gap circa
Back Story Robert B.
My Anecdotal Life Carl
Reiner 2003 Short
Adrift Steven Callahan
1986 76 days at
sea. Gripping story of survival
Everyman Philip Roth
2006 Very good.
About the end of life.
The Warden Anthony Trollope
1855 e-book. Good
satire and characters.
Godzilla Attacks! Barry
Lots of local color as Godzilla attacks Boston. Fun.
Portraits Michael Kimmelman
Living artists commenting on art in the MET.
The Meaning of it All
Richard P. Feynman 1963
Lectures on Ethics and Religion as a scientist sees it.
How to Travel with a Salmon (and other essays)
Umberto Eco 1994
Newspaper columns . Funny to see his intellect funneled
into amusing short pieces.
A Grief Observed C.S.
Lewis 1961 Great.
Thoughts on grief after the death of his wife.
Deadeye Dick Kurt Vonnegut
1982 Not my favorite
Marcel Duchamp Gloria
Maure 1988 Good
overall view of Duchamp's works.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves
Lynne Truss 2006
Breezy lighthearted look at punctuation - fun.
City of Poets Ed by DiVeechio
1994 I found these
close to home poets interesting.
Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer 1840
Not philosophy but observations of human nature as guides for living.
The Man Who Shook the Earth
Kenneth Robeson 1934
Doc Savage Pulp novel.
The Wasps Aristophanes
422 BC Amazing.
Ties in with other books I've read this year on Athens.
The Edge of Tomorrow
Isaac Asimov 1985
Combines fiction and non-fiction. All with Asimov's clear vision and intellect.
Frank Lloyd Wright: year by year
Iain Thomson 1914
Loved this overall review of Wright's life and work.
Against Nature Joris-Karl
Unusual book. Antihero and aesthete closes himself off. Literature and art of
1800's France reviewed in effect.
Boston Noir Ed by Dennis
Lehane 2003 Entertaining.
Laura Vera Caspary 1942
Novel the film was made, has the same qualities as
Nerves Lester Del Rey
1956 Sci Fi. Bad,
The Almanac of Quotable Quotes from 1990
Ed ronald Pasquariello 1991
On Moral Fiction John
Gardner 1977 Crusty
gent but makes good arguments.
Thin Air Robert B. Parker1995
The Selfish Gene Richard
Conceived the concept of MEME and coined the word. Excellent.
Wolf Moon Jean Pedrick
Pere Goriot Honore Balzac
Short stories/plays or books I didn't give full attention to.
Pension Beaurepas Henry James 1879
Short story. Free e-book.
Prometheus Bound Aeschylus
350 BC Kindle
Iphigenia at Aulis/Iphigenia at Tauris
Euripides 400 BC Kindle
The Influence of Emerson William R. Thayer
1886 Book owned
by W. Whitman - Kindle read.
The Day the Earth Stood Still Harry Bates
1940 Short story.
Interesting to see the origins of the film.
Sarrasine Honore de Balzac
1830 Short story. Good.
Cost of Living Robert Sheckley 1952
SCI-Fi short story about literaly mortgaging the next
generation. Free e-book.
American Music Annie Leibowitz 2003
Photos with essays by P. Smith/S. Earle and more. .
This is a Book Demetri Martin 2011
A to Z about RSS Unknown 2013 Free e-book.
Design Your Imagination Unknown 2010 Computer info. Free e-book
I Ought to be in Pictures Neil Simon
1980 Play - so so.
SEO Adam Clarke 2013
Good. SEO strategies.
The Great Houdini B. WIlliams/S.Epstein
1951 Young adult book. Short bio.
2BR02B Kurt Vonnegut
1962 Short story about results of population control.
Accidental Flight Floyd Wallace 1973
Sci Fi story of freaks in future society.
Our Town Thornton Wilder 1938
Sound and the Fury Cliffnotes Unknown
Astounding Stories Various 1931 Very
Sci Fi Magazine. Free e-book.
A Bad Business Anton Chekhov ??? Short Story.
The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things
George Kubler 19??
Quit halfway. Wasn't getting much out of it.
NY in the Forties
Andreas Feininger1978 Photos.
The Perfect Day Ed by Sam George
40 years of Surfer Magazine
Paul Klee Robert Short
40 Color Plates
The Toughest Show on Earth
Joseph Volpe 2006 Manager
of the MET Opera tells all.
The Brass Grill Brouhaha
Adrian Blevins 2003
Poetry. Funneled lots of her troubles into these poems - I didn't want to hear it.
Paul Strathern 2003
Beginnings in Poetry
William J. Martz 1965 Did not like selection.
Modigliani Jacques Lipchitz
1954 Small art book.
The Electric Guitar
Coffee table book.
The Rules of Life Richard
Templer 2010 Common
sense guidelines. Free e-book.
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