16 June 2010

Quick book takes

Read very recently:

Michele Monro's biography of her father, The Singer's Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro...a great singer whose record sales never equaled his talent, but whose career working with George Martin, while Martin was producing the Beatles, makes for a fascinating case study of cosmic timing, and whose life raise the question of how art can arise from the most unlikely of backgrounds

Mark Twain's The Tragedy of Puddnhead Wilson...a remarkable examination of race in America and a pretty swell mystery, too

The Pox and the Covenant: Mather, Franklin, and the Epidemic that Changed America's Destiny by Tony Williams... the best pro-Cotton-Mather book in recent memory and one that suggests the time is ripe for my next anthology idea: The Touch and Feel of Cotton (Mather)!

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