How many of you still read books for entertainment?
I do still read, constantly. However, I just can’t find time to read a book. I still consume books… daily. These days, I do it all through audiobooks. I prattle on about that here. I read something a few years ago that always sticks with me. The average American household has less than 5 books in it, and one of those is the bible.
What is that one book you just could NOT put down while you were reading it?
Kathy Griffin’s ‘Official Book Club Selection’. Also gotta mention Springsteen’s autobiography. Not just a page turner, but incredibly well written.
Btw, I don’t really read books for ‘entertainment’. More for relaxation.
What book are you currently reading listening to?
Waging Heavy Peace – Neil Young
What book absolutely blew your mind?
Lamb – the Gospel of Christ according to Biff, his childhood pal. This book just blew my mind. So incredibly super really great. Mind you, I am not just un-religious… but pretty militantly anti-religion. I was raised Catholic, though. I would also like to tell you about a near ‘religious experience’ I had with this book. I was alone in a car for many hours on Christmas day reading it (just by chance) on zero sleep for several days.
This book also turned me on to the amazingness that is author Christopher Moore. Since this book, I have gone on to read many of his. Again, I prattle on and on about my love for this guy on my books page. Just hope over here and do a control F on his name.
Probably how well written that Springsteen book was. You see how he is the voice of a generation. I can barely think of my favorite writers who write that well. He spend 7 years on it, and used no ghostwriter. No ghostwriter is INCREDIBLE. All rock memoirs are written with ghostwriters, usually the very impressive Anthony Bozza. Rock stars don’t generally have the time or attention span or literary capability to do that. The ghostwriter thing is perfect. A dude hangs out with you for about a year. He asks you pointed questions, and you tell him anecdotes. They put it together for you. Not the Boss.
Generally speaking, every famous person who has written a book uses a ghostwriter.
If you died today and the last text you received was written on your tomb stone, what would it say?
ew… that is actually pretty perfect. and… kinda creepy out of context of the conversation Props to the Arizona Monkey Boy for that gem! In case you don’t remember, we kinda made the Az Monkey Boy famous here. As a bonus, we have his answers to this week’s five right below.
*** can I point something significant out here? I just realized I went through an ENTIRE post about books (not my questions, either. all from my editor) and I never once mentioned Alice in Wonderland. That is a breakthrough!
NOTE – these answers are not from me, but Jamie, the Arizona Monkey Boy himself.
1. How many of you still read books for entertainment?
I think we’ve all turned into that ‘5th dentist’… That doesn’t recommend nuthin.
2. What is that one book you just could NOT put down while you were reading it?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
3. what book are you currently reading? The last book I read was… Franz Kafka’s… The Metamorphosis. It was so-so.
4. What book absolutely blew your mind?
William S. Burroughs… Naked Lunch
5. If you died today and the last text you received was written on your tomb stone, what would it say?
JAMIE, your Walgreens prescriptions are READY FOR PICKUP… Ooops. Guess I didn’t get there in time.