April 26th, 2007


Music, er, Thursday

I failed to post any music this past Monday, not on the previous Monday. I am a bad, bad man. But I aim to rectify that! First, a comic strip:


Say, that reminds me of some songs!

Sammy Johns - Chevy Van (mp3, 2.7 Mb)
Jay Ferguson - Thunder Island (mp3, 4.6Mb)
Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight (mp3, 3.7 Mb)

I suppose "spontaneous love" is a not entirely unreasonable way to describe picking up a hitchhiker and having sex with her in the back of your car, which is what "Chevy Van" is all about. The situation described in "Thunder Island" is perhaps slightly less spontaneous, since the couple in question had "shared the hours without number" before succumbing to their mutual passion in a rain-soaked field. Even less spontaneous is "Afternoon Delight," in which the singers are actively contemplating the nooner they'll be enjoying later. So while "spontaneity" may not necessarily be the best word in describing some of these songs, "unprotected hanky-panky" strikes me as a perfectly apt descriptor for all three.

And while we're at it, how about some of that rap that Mr. Wilkins hates so much?

Eminem - Lose Yourself (mp3, 4Mb)
Public Enemy - By the Time I Get To Arizona (mp3, 6.6Mb)
Kanye West - Jesus Walks (mp3, 3.2Mb)

Hey, look at me, stacking the deck! Language aside, these three songs are, in their way, more wholesome than the three paeans to casual sex up at the top of this post. It would have been pretty easy to find songs that proved Mr. Wilkins's point, but where's the fun in that?

  • Current Music
    Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy in Love

A to Z: Books, part II

No list of ten things today. Why, you ask? Because it's April 26, so it's a list of 26 things! Specifically, it's an A to Z list. Readers who've been around a few years may remember the A to Z movie meme that caltrask55 pioneered back in aught-three, and some of you may even remember that I subsequently did similar lists of songs, TV shows, and books. A couple of months ago I had the idea of posting A to Z lists on the 26th of each month, but such lists are time-comsuming endeavors, and I didn't have time in February or March to put one together. But this month I did.

Today: an all-new list of books! These are all books that I have read and enjoyed, if not necessarily my favorite books. (Many of them would place in my top 100, though.) And I didn't even have to cheat this time

About a Boy by Nick Hornby
It can still make me laugh out loud after a half-dozen readings
The Book of Lists by Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky, and Amy Wallace
Big surprise that this was a favorite of mine when I was a kid, huh?
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The descriptions of Carter's stage shows are worth the price of admission
Drummer Hoff by Barbara and Ed Emberly
One of my favorite picture books
Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block
A great hard-boiled detective novel with a surprisingly moving ending
The Flying Hockey Stick by Jolly Roger Bradfield
My favorite book as an elementary school student
The Golden Book of Fun and Nonsense by Louis Untermeyer (ed.)
This nurtured my love of the absurd and the surreal
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
I would have killed to have a spy route
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Amazingly funny travel book
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
"Whoa! They should've called this Johnny Deformed!"
Kill Your Darlings by Max Allan Collins
A mystery novel about a mystery novelist who solves mysteries.
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Very funny but surprisingly respectful novel about the early life of Jesus Christ
Moo by Jane Smiley
I really like books set on college campuses, and this one is one of the best
Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
The bit about the Corvair is what makes it great
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Possibly the best book ever written about writing
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I've met a couple of people at the store who don't realize that the "abridgement" is a joke... which makes it an even better joke!
Quarry's Greatest Hits by Max Allan Collins
An admirably unsympathic potrait of a killer for hire, including a great short story, "A Matter of Principle"
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
I like the strong anti-insurance company stance Grisham takes in this novel
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
I don't like baseball, but I like books about baseball. Go figure.
Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town by Nate Blakeslee
The injustices described in this book infuriated me, and after reading it I went around for days telling people we needed to give Texas back to the Mexicans
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
An amusing chick-lit novel about a lawyer who ends up working as a maid and chef at a fancy country estate
Vinnie's Head by Marc Lecard
Funniest book about decapitation you'll ever read
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
An entertaining mystery for children that's clever enough for adults
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
I've never been a big X-Men fan, but this is still a really good story
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
An interesting novel about coming to terms with the loss of a loved one
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
A solid post-apocolyptic tale for young adults
  • Current Music
    Aimee Mann - Dear John


Hm, looks like I accidentally turned off the comments to the Music, er, Thursday post. If you read it earlier and felt inclined to comment, they've been turned back on.
  • Current Music
    Kocani Orkestar - Cudna Zena