Pleasure-reading Thomas McGuane. 92 in the Shade is hilarious. Stegner's Beyond the 100th Meridian. Blood Meridian. Crónica de una muerte anunciada. Dos mil seiscientos sesenta y seis de Bolaño. Kiss of the Spider Woman. A Canticle for Leibowitz. His Dark Materials (more for message than style). The Sheltering Sky (more for style than message).
Tunes I like: "Beasts of No Nation" Fela Kuti, The Kinshasa Sound, Lord Invader, Kitchener, "Jean and Dinah", Wire, Thanksgiving, Katya Kabanova, Longstreth's the Graceful Fallen Mango, Lucinda's Happy Woman Blues, And the Machines are winning 7" by the paper chase, "PYT" by the King of Pop, Blood Rushing, "Amalia Rosa," Burzum (very begrudgingly for the wretched ideology behind something aesthetically pleasing), L.A.K.E. first album recorded by Karl Blau, the pretty great "Tierra del Olvido" vallenato-pop album from often cheesy Carlos Vives, the real stuff in Kaleth Morales's "Vivo en el Limbo", Beat Happening, "Clay Pigeons," Dusk at Cubist Castle by Olivia Tremor Control, Remain in Light by Talking Heads slash all their albums, early REM was such a great rock band. Gosh, I like music.
Films I just saw and therefore am psyched about: Carlos by Assayas, Happy People, Upstream Color.