Great read: Cold Turkey by Kurt Vonnegut (thanks, nk!)
Recently added to the "to read" list: A Life in Letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Night of the Gun by David Carr, Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders, Emma
by Howard Zinn, A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why It Failed by David Barber, Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory by James Oliver Horton, Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiqués of the Weather Underground, 1970-1974, and Down and Out in Paris and London
by George Orwell.
KEXP: Shovels And Rope
Listening to: Wait, why is Taylor Swift so good at what she does? "I Knew You Were Trouble." OK, sure: Mike Doughty covers "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Beautiful: Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula." Ugh, damn: Ryan Adams, "Do I Wait (Live on KCRW)." Incredible, hopeful: Josh Ritter "Joy to You Baby" (I can already tell "In It's Tracks" is gonna be one of my 2013 albums).
"That is what I have always understood to be the essence of anarchism: the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority, and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met." - Noam Chomsky
"As I walked I looked at the dark basalt hills, and at the cactus and shrubs and trees; all of them were in harmony with one another, and I felt within that beauty. In an instant I saw that even man-made things—the roll of old fence wire, the old rail ties withered by sixty years of the heat and sun—were in the light of that beauty. In that beauty we all will sink slowly back into the lap of the earth." - Leslie Marmon Silko