From Atwood to Huxley

While I haven’t read Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale before I was nonetheless struck by this story from Toronto.  Now, I disagree with banning books on a fundamental level, but what got me was that they assigned the kid Brave New World instead.  Obviously there’s nothing at all disturbing in Brave New World.  It is a […]

Judging books…

By their covers. Though I have to admit the current batch of Vonnegut covers just depress the hell out of me.  I try to buy old editions (ie used books) whenever I can anyway, but the cover art is generally a nice bonus to the better price.

Garotas Suecas

Thanks to the outstanding Carrie Brownstien (of Sleater-Kinney fame) I’ve been listening to the MySpace playlist of Garotas Suecas, a garage band from Brazil.  They’ve got a style that reminds me of Yoko Kanno’s work on Cowboy Bebop.  It’s quirky and fun.  Frankly I’m too tired to write something that does it justice, so I’ll […]