PAUL "BLOWFISH" LOVELL
Book List 2014
112 books this year. I read them in this order.
Bleeding Edge Thomas
Enjoyed a lot.
What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?
Large encyclopedia type book with
well written essays on cultural and historical facts.
The Scoop on Good Grammer
Margie Blumberg 2013
Vineyard Shadows Philip R. Craig
with Martha's Vineyard backdrop.
Bobby Fischer:The Wandering King Bohm/Jongkind
together interviews. Sketchy look at Fisher. Not well done.
Morrissey: Autobiography Morrissey
if you love Morrissey and I do.
White Noise Don Delillo
a lot. Deals with living in the present day being bombarded by consumer demands
Musical Portraits Paul
Rosenfeld 1920 Very
expressive . Extremes of praise and condemnation. I liked the style.
Dispatches from Blogistan Suzanne
Stefanac 2007 Info
on blogs. Good.
Facts and Fictions of Life Helen
H. Gardener 1893 Lectures
are a look into hot button issues of the time period. Free ebook.
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine Various
30th Anniversary Anthology: J. Lethem, I. Asimvov. Kim S Roinson
story Glacier had Brighton/Allston backdrop.
Cold Service Robert B. Parker 2005
E=MC2 David Bodanis 2000
All about the equation. Good.
The Cocktail Party T.S.Eliot Smith
About making choices and realizing the self in the 'modern world"
Rubber Soul Greg Kihn 2013
Waste of time. Didn't like, but I love Greg's
The Subject of Semiotics Kaha Silverman
Over my head but I concentrated on the sections about film
(Pyscho, Gilda, Rebel Without a Cause) and literature (Fitzgerald,
Wittgenstein: On Rules and Private Language
Saul A. Kripke 1982
I couldn't catch the significance of the arguments.
Airs and Voices Paula Bonnell
2008 Poems. Some
Boston oriented. So so.
Frogs Aristophanes 400
BC Lively and funny.
How Music Works John Powell
basic for me.
Murder at a Vineyard Mansion Philip
R. Craig 2005 Martha's
Ten Years in the Tub Nick Hornby 2013
Love this book of book reviews and the musings on what
it means to be a "reader".
Surrealism:The Road to the Absolute Anna
Good. Review of major concepts and figures of Surrealism
A Separate Peace John Knowles 1959
Lysistrata Aristophanes 411
Democracey, Culture and the Voice of Poetry
Robert Pinsky 2002
Short look at poetry in American life
August Heat Andrea Camilleri
2006 Mystery set
Off My Rocker Kenny Weissberg 2014
Stories of DJ/concert manager in Boulder,
CO and San Diego.
What Good are the Arts John Carrey
2006 Questions if art makes us morally
and ethically better. Very good .
Dialogue with Death Eknath Easwaran
living via meditation. Very good.
Finding Meaning in Films Sara Absib Vaux
1999 Alright. Some
Sex and the River Styx Edward Hoagland
2011 Essays by environmentalist.
Element 79 Fred Hoyle
1967 Collection of Sc-Fi short stories.
RL's Dream Walter Mosley 1995
Novel. Didn't like.
Sippewissett Tim Traver 2008
Environmental concerns of the Falmouth salt marsh.
Almost Grown James Miller 1999
History of Rock and Roll. Nicely written but nothing
new to me.
Gorky Park Martin Cruz Smith 1981
Good Russian backdrop.
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein
1921 Didn't understand
much and knew I wouldn't but tried it anyway.
Oxford Book of American Light Verse Ed by
W. Harmon 1979 Fun
to read. 528 pages.
Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty Tim Sandlin 2007
Amusing Story of hippies in 2022 having an uprising
in a nursing home. Review below.
Selections from the Essays. Montaigne 1994
The Last Picture Show Larry McMurtry1966
Good. Captures the dynamics of a small town and feelings
of emptiness and loss.
Night and Day Robert B. Parker 2009
Jesse Stone novel.
Art - A short guide to writing about art.
Sylvan Barnet 1999 Very
The Darwin Reader Ed by Mark Ridley 1996
Excerpts from famous works. Great.
The Connoisseur Evan S. Connell 1974
Novel. man gets drawn into the world of collecting.
Plutus Aristophanes 414
BC Good satire.
The Old Way of Seeing Jonathan Hale 1994
A plea for better modern architecture.
An Open Heart Dalai Lama 2010
Compassion in everyday life and practices of meditation.
River of Doubt Candice Millard 2005
Teddy Roosevelt's journey in the Amazon. An amazing
Escape from Skepticism Christopher
Derrick 1977 Good
thinker/writer but the book got very dogmatic.
This Side of Paradise F.Scott Fitzgerald
it; he tries to capture the generation around WWI
No Limits Ed by Joseph Ferman
The United States Constitution: The Convention and
Ratification Victor Simon and Shuster. 1998
Audio book read by Walter Cronkite
Off the Record Joe Smith 1988
Short but lively interviews with rock
Pastime Robert B. Parker 1991
A Spenser novel
The Snowden Files Luke Harding
A story of our times worth knowing.
The Future of Man Teilhard
De Chardin 1959
Deals with the continuing evolution of man. Essays
get repetitive/religious but still liked this.
Fair Maiden Joyce Carol
Novel Good .
Einstein's Dreams Alan
Novel. Short pieces reflecting on how things would be if time had different
The Big Bang Mickey Spillane/Max
A Collins 2010
Mike Hammer in the 60's. .
Eugene Ionesco Richard
N. Coe 1961
Excellent analysis of Ionesco.
Rhinoceros and Other Plays
Eugene Ionesco 1960
Plus The Leader and The Future is in Eggs.
Vineyard Enigma Philip R. Craig 2002
Eugene Ionesco: Four Plays Garrett
Bald Soprano, Lesson, Jack, The Chairs.
William Faulkner Frederick Hoffman 1961
Review of his works.
The Assurance of Immortality Harry
Emerson Fosdick 1913 Good
arguments and reasoning. Fosdick was quite a figure in his day.
Vinyard Stalker Philip
R. Craig 2007
Sweet Machine Mark Doty
Oedipus Rex Sophocles BC
A Controversy of Poets Ed
by Leary/Kelly 1965
Didn't like this poetry collection.
The Real Thing Tom Stoppard
1982 Play. Good.
Real versus staged emotions/life.
The Purpose of the Past Gordon
Lots of early American History. Very good.
William Butler Yeats Dennis
Donoghue 1971 Examines
themes behind the poetry.
9th Pan Book of Horror Stories Ed
by Herbert van Thal 1968
The Way We Live Now Anthony
Trollope 1979 Too
long and drawn out.
Black Postcards Dean Warham
2008 Loved this
bio from Luna headman.
Dylan's Visions of Sin Christopher
Ricks 2003 Excellent.
Packed with insights. Treats Dylan as poet and gives close readings to the lyrics.
The American Revolution
Gordon Woods 2003
Short look at the Am. Revolution by major historian.
Blue-Eyed Devil Robert
B. Parker 2010
Antic Hay Aldous Huxley
1923 Novel about
post WWI English generation. Good.
Goodbye to Berlin Christopher
Isherwood 1939 The
origin material of Cabaret. Good.
Tale of Two Cities Charles
Dickens 1859 Classic
but didn't like.
Monet's Cathedral:Rouen 1892-1894 Joachin
Pissarro 1990 Large
format book, feast for the eyes and good text..
One Shot Lee Child 2005
Airplane read. Terrible.
Poodle Springs Raymond
Chandler/Robert Parker 1989
Read more like Parker than Chandler.
Rabbit Run John Updike
A look at the 50's and early 60's, also.
Clouds Aristophanes 400
A Man Called Destruction Holly
Life and music of Alex Chilton. Good.
Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1866
Classic, but didn't enjoy.
A Moveable Feast Ernest
World War II Diary of Frank Lovell Frank
Lovell 1945 A book
made out of my father's diary by Mary Lovell.
A Reader's Manifesto B.R.
Myers 2002 A hoot.
- "An attack on the growing pretentiousness in American literary prose."
El Topo: A book of the Film Alexandro
Jodorowsky 1971 Script
of the film and interview with Alexandro. Wild stuff .
Modern American Poetry 1965-1950
Shucard/Moramarco/Sullivan 1989 Excellent.
Perfect balance of biography and analysis .
Conversations with Kennedy Benjamin
C. Bradlee 1975
Flashback - Reading about Kennedy after a long time.
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates
1995 In the mind
of the killer story but done by noted author.
400 BC Alright.
Inward Journey Marc J.
Seifer 2003 Acted
as review of psychology and philosophy principles and personalities .
The Moviegoer Walker Perry
themes. Didn't like. .
Everything I'm Cracked Up To Be Jen
Trynin 2005 Story
of Boston indie rocker circa 1995.
American Gothic Thomas
Hoving 2005 The
whole story of Grant Woods masterpiece.
The Atomic Times Michael
Harris 2005 Stories
from the H-bomb testing site in the Pacific 1950-55.
The Life and Works of Frank Lloyd Wright
Thomas A. Heinz 2002
Photos of most houses.
Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin
2009 Stories of
Marcel Proust:A Biography Vol.1 George
D. Painter 1959
Detailed bio. Good.
Vineyard Prey Philip
R. Craig 2005
Murder mystery on Martha's Vineyard .
Strange Days; My Life with and without Jim Morrison
Patricia Kennealy 1992
Play On: Power Pop Heroes Vol. 1
Ken Sharp 2014
Newer and informative interviews of Power Pop bands.
Rouge Island Bruce DeSilva
2010 Mystery novel
set in Providence, RI.
The Complete Works of Francois Villon
Notes by A. Bonner 1456
Funny, satiric and bawdy verse that are
heavily footnoted and those footnotes
are snappy too.
Shakespeare: Modern Essays in Criticism
Ed by L.F. Dean 1961
Short stories/plays or books I didn't give full attention to.
Bleeding Edge Wiki Web Wiki 2014
Read in conjunction with book
Adieu Honore de Balzac 1830
Short story/kindle read
Joseph Soares 2006 Photo book
Matisse in Nice Xavier
Girard 1996 Short.
Sophie's Choice William Styron
1976 Audio book. Only listened to a third of it.
Hosting Tips e-book
101 Auction Secrets Revealed Tim Campbell
The Life and Legacy of John Paul II Unlisted
2013 Free e-book.
The Hidden Masterpiece Honore de Balzac Short
Ten Thousand Saints Eleanor Henderson 2011
Didn't like but it had NYC Hardcore scene as a backdrop.
Shelley Percy Byshe Shelley 1792-1822
Selection of poems.
1968-1969 Film Review Ed by F.M. Speed 2010
Major films of the year.
1967-1968 Film Review Ed by F.M. Speed 2010
Major films of the year.
Cinema of Mystery Rose London
1975 Movies of Edgar Allen Poe
Fallingwater - Romance with Nature Kbda
S, Waggiber 1996
Always fascinated by this.
Photography Year 1973 Time/Life
books 1973 Coffee
table book .
1001 Newbie-Friendly Tips Bob McElwain
1999 Ebook. A lot out of date or for commercial sites.
Accidental Flight Floyd Wallace 1973
Sci Fi story of freaks in future society.
Selected Poems: Alexander Pope Alexander
Pope The heroic couplet. Didn't give it enough time
to fully explore and understand.
A Simple Heart Gustave Flaubert 1960
Cliff notes to Crime and Punishment
James Joyce/Finnegans Wake - A Symposium Various
400 BC Short.
Poetry Magazine Various
Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine Various
10/89 40 Anniversary
Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty
By Tim Sandlin
Just the title would make me want to pick this up but I also read about
it in Nick Hornby's book of reviews Ten Years in the Tub.
In the year 2022 Hendrix would have turned
eighty. The book is about that year. A nursing home in California is
populated by all hard core hippies. They still do drugs and have group
sex, and argue who the first lead guitarist for Blue Cheer is.
All this is very funny.
Mistreatment by the staff in the form of over medication
and misdiagnosis leads the hippies to stage a revolt a la 1967. You
get the humor and some serious points on nursing homes. It's not high
literature but it has the right tone and believable hippie behavior.
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