On the Bookshelf XXVII


Lessons in Music Form by Percy Goetschius
A fabulous little volume for music lovers of the thinking stripe: “There are two essentially different classes of music lovers. The one class takes delight in the mere sound and jingle of the music… The other class, more discriminating in its tastes, looks beneath this iridescent surface and strives to fathom the underlying purpose of it all.”
The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
It’s been ages since I’ve read a story so consistently, hilariously, brilliantly entertaining. Think Wodehouse meets Ian Fleming, and you have a fairly decent idea of what Laurie is up to here. He’s good at it, too. Very good. A full length review is forthcoming.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
One of those classics I never got around to in high school. It was Neil Postman’s thesis that Huxley was closer to the mark than Orwell: “In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”
Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls by Scott Snyder
The cotton candy in my literary diet. Good writing, great artwork. And Batman. So much Batman. What’s not to like?
A Landscape With Dragons by Michael O’Brien
I can already tell this is going to be fascinating: “… a controversial, yet thoughtful study of what millions of young people are reading and the possible impact such reading may have on them. In this study of the pagan invasion of children’s culture, O’Brien, the father of six, describes his own coming to terms with the effect it has had on his family and on most families in Western society.”

What’s on your bookshelf right now?

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