Wednesday, April 1, 2009
things the grandchildren should know
So I just finished Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett (aka EELS). Now this is not a long book - something like 240 pages. But because it's me, and apparently I have a really hard time reading when I'm in LA, it took me 3 months to complete.
You see I started this book back at the beginning of January when I was in Phoenix helping my friend Chelsea shoot her documentary. Partly because Chelsea goes to bed so freaking early, and partly because she also happened to get sick while we were there, I had a fair amount of time to get a jump start on this musical memoir of sorts. However, when I returned to Los Angeles, I put it on my shelf and there is sat for a good 2 and a half months.
So last week, inspired by my friend Alina - the eternal bookworm - I grabbed it off the shelf, blew off the dust that had collected, and finished the sucker.
And I'm glad I did.
If you have any interest in either music history or I suppose biographies in general, I highly recommend checking out this book (if you live near me you may even be able to pester me into lending it to you ;) I'm not much of a book reviewer so all I can really say is that "E" (as you soon come to find out is what Mark tends to go by) has a simple voice that allows for his story to be telling in and of itself. He is just so human. That's really all I can say about it.
That, and when I was at the gym reading it I was on the verge of bursting into tears.
In the spirit of the book, I have a nice little tune in the same vein.
Make Right With You - Luke Temple
Posted by ame at 4:49 PM