As of Late: David Byrne, X-Files, & Pandering, Oh My!

Well, it’s 2016 now. I’m coming off 2 weeks of winter break, and although I didn’t read as much as I would’ve liked, here’s a few good pieces online:

David Byrne’s Lending Library 

As you can imagine, David Byrne has a lot of books about music around the world and books that make you feel like he’s way, way smarter than you. He’s definitely quite well-read. This list was also a good reminder that I’d like to re-attempt reading Bicycle Diaries.

Object of Intrigue: The X-Files’ ‘I Want to Believe’ Poster

Who’s excited for the upcoming new 6 episodes of X-Files? Meeeeeee!!!! And what better way to get pumped than taking a nerdy look at the tv show’s most recognizable set piece.

Shakespeare, New Mexico

A fictional piece by Valeria Luiselli about a family that moves to the fictional town of Shakespeare in which they work for a historical re-enactment company. Do note there’s a minor bit of sexual content toward the end if that’s not your thing. This story was so engrossing that I read it blearily on my phone before I even had my morning coffee. Her book The Story of My Teeth has been on my to-read list, so this may bump it up a few notches.

On Pandering

Claire Vaye Watkins never disappoints me, and this essay about her examining the role of the approval of white men in her writing is excellent. Don’t read the comments though if you don’t want to roll your eyes a lot and be super annoyed by the people exemplifying the very problem she describes.

Why Japanese Women are Fighting to Keep Their Own Last Names

Ugh. I don’t have much to say, other than UGH.

I Read 164 Books in 2015 and Tracked Them All in a Spreadsheet.

Aside from the benefits of a reading challenge, I liked that the author noted that you don’t have to finish every book you read. Like one of my college literature professors said, life is too short to read bad books!

Coming soon: Book reviews for The Library at Mount Char and Signal to Noise + a look at UNLV’s Special Collections!

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