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Yesterday was the 4th of July. I was feeling the very antithesis of patriotic, far from wanting to celebrate the birth of our nation. But not for any reason in particular. Not for any of the very many things that I see wrong with the country right now and the people in charge. Oh, sure, there was some of that in there, but mostly I think I can chalk my anti-celebratory mood up to lack of motivation and nothing more. (I did have the opportunity to see the San Francisco Mime Troupe at Delores Park, however, an experience I highly recommend if you ever get the chance to see them perform. But that’s another story.)

Truth be told, I’m not feeling particularly like ranting or raving tonight. Truth be told, I felt the urge to write and I felt the urge to throw out a word or two onto this site and hope for some response. And I’ve decided to do some intellectual plagiarism.

Recently my good friend Dan was in town. He mentioned that he had the best idea for a Christmas present (some seven months early). Rather than asking for specific items from friend and family, he’s going to ask everyone to send him a list of five books and/or albums which are a must have. He said that if I had a list for summer reading/listening to be sure to send it his way. I like this idea. I like it a lot. So I’m going to appropriate his good idea and post a list of five books and five albums which are, I feel, all together too important to keep a secret.

Books to Read

  • Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
  • Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists, Jon Ronson
  • The Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva
  • Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row, Jarvis Jay Masters

Music to Hear

  • Summer Sun, Yo La Tengo
  • Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco
  • Mind Bomb, The The
  • Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
  • Penthouse, Luna