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Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

rabbani, November 12, 2013

At first I had to get used to the rhythm of her writing. At first I thought this book may be about vanity. And then I got it - her direct style is the way she thinks and I started to understand that she was going to share her story - the way she sees it; not in any way we expect. Just like her records - her own way, a mix of styles - jumping around at times in a way that ultimately makes sense.

This memoir manages to tell us about Linda Ronstadt's life as a musician, and how the realization of her dreams for herself came about, musically. Not a gratuitous tell-all about lovers and the like, but a woman making sense of how she applied her passions and professional life to generate the diverse musical discography she is known for.

Always a fan - even more of a fan now. Starting to rebuild my library of her work.
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Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross
Hollywood Said No!: Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show

rabbani, November 12, 2013

Normally I hate reading unproduced movie scripts, I just end up being pissed that they're not real movies I can look at with my eyeballs and listen to with my earballs. However, I will make an exception for Bob & David - I would probably happily read some stuff those two wrote on napkins while high on molly (seriously, think of what Bob would be like on molly). Anyway this book owns, if you, like me, are a big dork about Mr. Show and anything Mr. Show related, get it!
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Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945

rabbani, November 12, 2013

If you've never read a book about the Sino - Japanese war of 1937-45, then this is an excellent book for the layman - clear, concise, easy to read, without ever being simplistic - no mean feat.

If you have read about this period, then this is still a good book, but Fenby in his autobiography about Chiang Kai-Shek covers the same ground in more detail.

That being said, the bibliography and source material the author drew upon is first rate (as you would expect from a historian of his standing) and add greatly to the text.

I would take issue with the author's view that this was the first chapter of the Second World War. In my view, brutal though the conflict was, it was a regional war between two rivals. Logically, you could say the same about the European theatre in 1939, but the difference there is that France and Britain had global empires (and in Britain's case drew heavily on troops from the dominions)

A minor quibble to be sure, but don't let that detract from what is an excellent text.
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