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I gotta start reading stuff that will actually help with lyrics. So, you can infer at least generally what I've been reading. Smile On the other hand, I've become proficient with Frege's notation. Biggrin That book about etymology sounds awesome.


I've been reading some short stories. One by Heinlein sticks out "All You Zombies"

Oops! Didn't think the caps would come across as yelling, @tcelliott. Wink Caps are used so often here in the subject line. Anyway, I've toned them down. Wink

Oh, I'm a fan of Heinlein, but have never read the 'Zombies' story.

@TomS You'll love Forsyth. Smile

Maybe it's just me. I don't mind all caps for something like the donate thread or an announcement, but.... I guess it doesn't matter what I like, eh?

The Zombies story is very short and very interesting and I hear this is or will be a movie made on that premise. Okay, just looked it up.
Predestination from 2014. I'm gonna have to go find it.

I got the complete works of Dickens for 50p. And it encouraged me to think that in 180 years time, some 'erbert might actually part with 50p for my entire output.
Anyway, bloody good stuff, Mister Dickens.

Have my eyes on FKA America. I need some strange fiction.

Reading? Reading?? I'm still trying to come to grips with GoT, having come in to the series eight years late...

I'm reading a lot at the moment. If you're on Goodreads, you can find me and read reviews of some of the books I've read recently here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38612248-chris-harris

At the moment I'm reading Rudy Rucker's "The Hollow Earth." Imagine a journey to the Earth's core in the 1800s written as a mash-up of Mark Twain and H P Lovecraft, where two (yes, that's right, two) of the characters are Edgar Allan Poe, and you'll have a general idea of the weirdness involved. I've got "Return to the Hollow Earth" lined up next.

Im mainly reading Poetry. Mostly from “Public Domain “ poetry.

I was planning on reading a lot of mindless fiction, but I may have to pick up a couple of your suggestions, Donna! They sound right up my alley.

The question I need to be asked is, "Why aren't you reading, Adnama17???"

Dunno if these will help my songwriting or fuel my inner critic @TomS

Just finished
(compilation of science articles) edited by Paul Hawken "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming"
(compilation of a series of interviews) Michka Assayas "Bono In Conversation with"
(compilation of quotes and stories, a little gossipy but authorized by Warren before he passed, edited by) Crystal Zevon "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon"

In progress
(compilation) "2003: The Best American Travel Writing"
(memoir) Sting "Broken Music"

Recently started but heading to the donation pile without finishing
(unauthorized too gossipy for me biography) Geoffrey Guiliano "Blackbird: the Life and Times of Paul McCartney"

Just started: (lyric compilation/backstories/analysis) Stephen Sondheim "Finishing the Hat"

I've been reading graphic novels a lot recently, I got super into Batman and a few others. Recently I've read...

Superman For All Season : Amazing nice heartfelt story that focuses on Superman's smalltown upbringing. The art was fantastic and it was a really nice read.

All-Star Superman : Not impressed. I didn't like the writing nor the art. It didn't connect with me in any way and I was left feeling not much.

Watchmen : About time I read it. Ya it's a masterpiece, really dense and took almost an hour for me to read some chapters. Dialogue is perfect and it deserves it's legacy.

Batman Knightfall : The story arc of Bane breaking the Bat. It starts really good and than a new super 90's angst version of Batman emerges, looking like a Beast Wars Transmetal II design. I still have a few left to read of the saga, it's okay.

This is a mostly unexplored medium for me. I read comics and I get certain series every week but not of the main characters like Batman, Superman, Daredevil & Spider-Man who I've always liked from the movies but never read the real stuff before.

Meanwhile, I've just finished Emily Koch's debut crime thriller 'If I Die Before I Wake'. A very, very good read, with an unusual plot and an even more unusual protagonist/narrator.

@AndyGetch, thanks for reminding me of the Sondheim book, 'Finishing the Hat'. I've just ordered it. Can't wait to read it. I'd jotted the title down a few months ago, but of course lost the piece of paper it was on.

@katpiercemusic, glad I could suggest something that clicked. Wink

@coolparadiso, poetry can be inspiring. Wink I visited Portugal in January, and returned home with a wonderful book featuring a selection of Portuguese poets. I'd never read - or even heard of - any of them previously, so it's been a fantastic discovery.

@Donna Devine You're welcome. I didn't know it existed until I saw it in the library.

@AndyGetch sounds like there are about 736 possible lyrical themes from that rather diverse group of books!!! Smile OK, I exaggerate, only 712.

I need a lyrical way of incorporating this into a song: "The aim of proof is, in fact, not merely to place the truth of a proposition beyond all doubt, but also to afford us insight into the dependence of truths upon one another." Frege, Grundgesetze

Just finished Daisy Jones and the Six - the story of the rise and fall of a young starlet and a rock band in the 1970s, told in the style of a talking head interview of the band members and the occasional side character, who each tell a similar yet pertinently different story.

I enjoyed it. Cleverly done, and would probably be of interest to a community such as this Smile

@TomS yes lots of lyrical direction cause reading does fill the well for me. I gotta tell ya the Sondheim book is mind-blowing that way he analyses lyrics. Especially the way he takes a critical look at his own. Last 5090 I wrote a song from a gossipy biography about the Kinks which focused on Ray Davies. That one I managed at least to finish, party cause it was the only book I had on a day long train ride. Hmmmmm I wonder what would Westerberg do?

@TomS; "Proof to place the truth beyond the shadow of a doubt;
Proof is also there to make all other truths more stout". Wink

Hey @Fuzzy I think we've started our first collaboration...a bit early...but rules are for breaking, right!? Smile

@AndyGetch if and when I read that I am going to realize what a lamoid I am. Biggrin

Like a couple others who commented above, I've been reading poetry - my wife was preparing for a poetry and yoga workshop she presented, so the books were lying all around the house. Mainly Whitman's Leaves of Grass, the Persian mystic Hafiz, the Indian yogi/poet Kabir.
The last book I read start to finish was Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris. He's an ABC TV reporter who had a panic attack on-air in 2004 and turned to meditation to change his lifestyle.
I read a lot about meditation, and I'm co-teaching a meditation-teacher certification program in the fall. Also been reading about the importance of breath awareness. But I usually have two or three books going at once, and I jump around in them.
I think the last fiction book I read was the adolescent classic Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and that was last summer.
I read lots of print magazines - National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, various yoga-related magazines. A couple 50/90s ago, I wrote a song inspired by a Nat Geo article about cliff climbers somewhere in the Middle East/Far East who risk their lives to look for and harvest hallucinatory honey.

I recently picked up a book with a gift certificate that I started reading called "A Discovery of Witches", it is a trilogy, I think it is on tv or something, but the description on the cover sold me...it is about a library, an old book and magical beings....I'm all into that. I always keep "Pride and Prejudice" by my chair and read it from time to time and I read my antique poetry books often.

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Currently I'm reading The Hero With An African Face. It's an exploration of African mythology and religion.

I’m currently reading Normal People by Sally Rooney. She seems to be flavour of the moment here in the UK but I’m a bit on the fence with it.
The most enjoyable books I’ve read this year so far are…
Love Is Blind by William Boyd (if you’ve never read anything by him I would heartily recommend doing so)
The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
All Among The Barley by Melissa Harrison

I recently finished American Hippo by Sarah Gailey, and it is so far my favorite thing I've read this year. It's a gripping, brilliantly funny collection of two novellas and a couple of short stories featuring hippo-riding cowboys. It's SO GOOD. I might have to mine it for some lyric inspiration. Smile

My Coney Island Baby by Billy O’Callaghan

Reading? I haven't had time yet to get my systems up for writing! Or listening for that matter. never mind. I was reading Joshua Slocum "Sailing alone around the world" again. Lovely book. All true, more or less.

I read rather too much probably.
Ongoing I read "Grow Your Own" and "Kitchen Garden", which are monthly magazines Smile
Book wise I just started reading "The Obstacle is the Way (The ancient art of turning adversity to advantage)" by Ryan Holiday.
I'm also reading some murder mystery on my kindle, of which I can't even remember the title, let alone who wrote it...

After dancing around the edges of his oeuvre for years, I'm doing a deep dive on Neil Gaiman. I'd only read Sandman, American Gods and his kid-oriented picture books, but I'm spending the summer plowing through just about everything else he's written. My Kindle is full of his work and I'm having a blast going through it.

Am reading Philip K Dick - The Man in the High Castle. It's set in a USA where World War II was won by the Axis powers. It is full of references to Zen Buddhism, the I Ching, what is true and what is fake, redemption, etc.

I have a pretty good turnover also... lots of fiction and a biography or nonfiction audiobook for my commute.

Just started The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. I'm compelled to read a series in order (anyone else? I knew it!) and this is the 5th out of 6 Inspector Grant novels, so I've been looking forward to it for a while.

Working my way through the Gregor the Overlander books by Suzanne Collins (2 down, 3 to go) and the Track series by Jason Reynolds (3 down, only 1 left) because I have youngish nephews and I sent them the books, so I like to see what I've gotten them into. Highly recommended on both counts.

Music-wise, I've been reading a series of "All The Songs..." for various groups, such as Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Beatles, Dylan, Michael Jackson, Clash, etc. I holler at my Amazon Echo "Hey, Alexa--play __________..." when I start reading about the particular song in a book. Fun way to study music.

I just re-read Small is Beautiful. First read it almost 40 years ago. It's still a wonderful, important book.