Another week, another recommendation for an Icelandic rock band. “Lífsins Ólgusjór” by Samaris is inspired by 19th-century Icelandic poetry and laid over a reggae beat. Check out their recently released second album Silkidranga for more.
This book is a psychological and sociological investigation into lying, with the emphasis on the ways in which all humans more or less lie and cheat throughout their whole lives. Ariely notes that while big scandals like say Enron get headlines for their irrational amount of dishonesty, that these types of problems grow from the small actions of many people making cost-benefit analysis rather than high-level conspiracy. Interesting anecdotes about lying are backed-up by tests and studies. To be honest, I’ve allowed too much time from listening to this audiobook to writing about, so I’m now fuzzy on the details. But I do recall it is a fascinating book entertainingly performed by Simon Jones.
Prince released two new albums at the end of September, Art Official Age under his own name and with the band 3rdEyeGirl, Plectrum Electrum. Both albums contain a version of the song “FUNKNROLL.” While the version below is from Art Official Age, overall Plectrum Electrum is by far the better album.
Enjoy the groove.
Around the World for a Good Book Selection for Portugal
Author: Gonçalo Tavares
Translator: Anna Kushner
Publication Info: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, c2009
This novel brings together several characters in one place for one event and then jumps back to show vignettes of each character’s life, building up to what all brought them there. It is a well-written and structured work, but also very complex, and I admit that I don’t totally “get” it. Themes of troubled relationships, mental illness, and the nature of evil. If you’re interested in provocative fiction, you may like this.
Recommended books: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.
Author: Ayana Mathis
Title: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Narrators: Adam Lazarre-White, Bahni Turpin, and Adenrele Ojo
Publication Info: Books on Tape, 2012
Summary/Review: This somber novel tells the stories of a woman named Hattie who migrates from Georgia to Philadelphia in the 1920s, and her subsequent life and that of her children. The novel is a series of connected stories, each focusing on a different child from dates ranging from the 1920s to 1980s. The family perseveres against poverty, racism, mental illness and internal strife. I found it a well-written story that approaches family life and the African-American experience from different angles. The audiobook is also well-performed with different narrators reading stories from the different children’s perspectives.
Recommended books: Bailey’s Cafe by Gloria Naylor, Strivers Row by Kevin Baker, and Jazz by Toni Morrison