There’s a Certain Girl

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir
Linda Ronstadt

Mistakes are part of life, so I try to learn from mine.

Take my declarations about genres. Every time I declare I don’t read a particular type of book, I find myself behaving in a contradictory manner.

Consider Exhibit A: biography, a category that includes autobiography and the successful publisher-created Continue reading


I Read It (in the Rolling Stone)

The Rolling Stone Interviews
Jann S. Wenner and Joe Levy, Editors

RS_InterviewsI distinctly remember what killed my dreams of blue collar glory. It wasn’t a ticket or a robbery or any of the other hazards one encountered driving a hack. It was being too brain dead to read anything more than James Michener‘s Centennial–and taking two months to reread what had taken two weeks the first time. The decision to seek asylum where I could nourish my mind was inevitable and easy, as such things always are.

All that came flooding back in the past month  as a string of 14-hour plus days with an extra helping of stress drove me to the lamest form of reading: the transcribed interview. This is the second post in a row where I’ve Continue reading