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  1. My own Hitler Reacts

    Very nice. Good to see Facebook is good for something...
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    Oliver Sacks - An Anthropologist on Mars I've known about Oliver Sacks for practically forever, but this is the first time actually reading any of his works. Quite interesting cases, to be sure. Next up:

    Thanks for running the contest again! I was fairly close on points, but picked the wrong team. Oh well, there's always next year...
  4. New home - first track!

    Both Ken McIntyre and Wallace Roney have albums titled Home (each with a track titled "Home"). I'd give the nod to Roney, but I'll be streaming both albums this week...
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    That's interesting. Many Austen scholars consider it her finest work. I actually have not gotten around to it, but it is on my list. Despite its killer first line, I definitely preferred Sense and Sensibility over Pride and Prejudice.
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    Really not enjoying Lavery's Sandra Beck. It's a bit too postmodern for my taste and there is an unpleasant Lolita-like undercurrent to many of the scenes (and because it is postmodern I don't know if these will ultimately be important to the plot, such as it is, or if they could have been dropped). I haven't decided if I am going to push pause or eject on this one, but I'll decide in the next 25 pages. I decided to tackle Rushdie's late novels next, so I'll launch into Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights shortly.
  7. Lee Morgan 60s Mosaic set

    I'm afraid in this situation, I will take a pass. I've run out of space for Mosaic boxes, so it has to be something quite special (and definitely not something that is available in other formats!) for me to even begin to consider it.
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    I'm not 100% sure (because I haven't started the new book but read a general review), but I think it would be hard to get into this "world" without at least some knowledge about how the daemons work for example (they are similar but not exactly the same as a witch's familiar). I would recommend reading The Golden Compass at least, if not the whole trilogy.
  9. Preferred Streaming Service for Jazz

    I've been pleasantly surprised by how much there is on Apple. There are only a very albums (that I happened to be looking for) that appear to be on Spotify but not Apple. I haven't done a comprehensive search, however. Is it true that quite a few of the Fantasy (Concord) titles (including Prestige and Riverside) are not on Apple, but then they don't seem to be on Spotify either. Almost all of these are still on Naxos Jazz, but that may not be available to you in the US.
  10. Now reading...

    I just wrapped up Manguel's The Library at Night. I haven't decided if I will read the follow-up Packing My Library, where he discusses having to leave his beloved personal book collection (35,000 volumes!) and move to a small apartment in Manhattan. (I have to wonder if maybe there is a place between the two extremes...) At any rate, reading The Book of Eve by Constance Beresford-Howe about an older woman getting fed up and leaving her husband of 40+ years. That's a bit of a theme right now, as I also plan on reading Sandra Beck by John Lavery. Then probably I'll be tackling Rushdie's last 3 novels, and then a huge box of books that I need to read (and get out of the house in preparation for spring cleaning...).
  11. Yes, it is 9 tracks, 29 minutes. I'm sure this will be on the insert of the physical CD, but if you listen to this on iTunes, you can read Adam's notes on every single track. Definitely worth a read.
  12. Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance I only heard about this posthumous release today, so I am absorbing it in real time. First impressions are that it is (not surprisingly) pretty similar to You Want It Darker. I'd say that Adam Cohen (Leonard's son) has done a good job pulling these unfinished tracks together. I'm a moderate (not huge) Cohen fan, and I can envision spinning this on a semi-regular basis. Couple of reviews - https://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/music/review-leonard-cohens-spirit-moves-us-on-thanks-for-the-dance https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/22/leonard-cohen-thanks-for-the-dance-review-columbia
  13. SteepleChase new releases

    Maybe, but there is also a very weird aesthetic going on. However, this takes the cake for the worst cover I've ever seen.
  14. SteepleChase new releases

    I know it's shallow but most of these covers are not doing the product any favors. I don't think there is a single one that would induce me to pick up the CD and flip it over to look at the track listing. I truly don't understand the marketing concept, unless it is they are so pure and "just about the music" that they don't pay the least bit of attention to the cover.