I'm Pushing Through

I'm 3 weeks+ into my new job, and it's going pretty good. In all honesty, this job is easy as hell. It's really basic, at least compared to my old job. This is my first week not working at my old job, and they're already calling me to see if I can fill in next week.

In any spare time I've had from working 60 hours a week, I've been reading while listening to music. Here's a few that I've really liked recently.

Books:

Bright Shiny Morning- James Frey: You maybe remember James Frey from his scandal a few years back with A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard being proven not true, making them fiction instead of the advertised memoir. I always thought this was dumb because these books would have been just as good as novels as they were as memoirs. Anyway. This is his new novel. It was pretty awesome. It's vignettes about L.A., some are facts, some are history, most are short chapters about different characters living there, trying to survive.

Shutter Island- Dennis Lehane: This was was recommended by Brad when I asked for recommendations a little while ago. And wow, was it good. I don't want to give anything away because you should read it. Also, Scorsese is making it into a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, so hopefully they stick close to the book. If you like thrillers/mysteries at all, I highly recommend it.


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close- Jonathan Safran Foer: This book is about a misfit, genius kid who tries to figure out what lock a key that belongs to his father matches after his father dies on Sept 11th. He searches all five burroughs with an elderly sidekick. This book is heart wrenching, uplifting, and funny all at once.


Music

Sigur Ros- Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust- Sigur Ros is an Icelandic rock band with a dreamy, ethereal sound. I have no idea what they're saying, but it sounds awesome. Or as I read on a myspace blog, "that they might just be the one band sent to earth to save us all."


"Gobbledigook" - Sigur Ros


Mike Doughty- Haughty Melodic- Mike Doughty, the former lead singer of Soul Coughing, has four albums out, and I love all of them, but this one's my favorite. It has I Hear The Bells, which is currently my favorite song. I listen to it over and over. The whole album is really awesome though. I'll probably write more about him later.

4 comments:

Avitable said...

Shutter Island was an excellent book. Dennis Lehane's other books are good, too, but not quite as twisty and mysterious.

Robin said...

I loved Shutter Island, amazing book and I can't wait for the movie. You have good taste so I'll read anything you tell me to...as long as I can find it on audio book.

whall said...

I should make more time to read. Or at least listen to audio books. I might start riding the bus to save gas money so that might make an opening.

A good friend of mine is into Sigur Ros and lent me some music but I can't remember if I liked it. Now that I've heard about them from another source, it'll get on the re-try list.

Sarcastica said...

Hmm I shall have to check out those books :) They sound good!