in which the author discusses five books he’d read, if time permitted.
1. Signifying Rappers, by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello It’s nice to see white intellectuals taking on hip-hop, just like it’s nice to see narcissistic dads deign to put down their Smartphones to give their daughters bad advice about shooting free throws at the playground. Sure, the dads/intellectuals don’t really know what they’re talking about, but at least they’re taking an interest.
3. Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers, by Lynne Cox I’ve been trying to improve my elementary backstroke lately. The whole “chicken-airplane-soldier” thing isn’t really working out for me, so I’m going to the experts.
4. Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner The 2040 equivalent of this book is “Kirsten Dunst: The Secret Conversations.” Just sayin’.
5. Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life, by Ulli Lust, translated by Kim Thompson Graphic novel/memoir (graphic memoir?) of the author’s trip from Naples to Sicily. The last time I took that trip, it was in a sweaty van with a lesbian saxophonist, but that’s another story.