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My first book! The Gramble Chronicles I: Sophie’s Playlist


Yes, I have been away from WordPress for too long, but I was productive. In 2016, I read 218 books totally 73000 pages – spanning the work of Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon among many, many others. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading Jazz edited by Robert Gottlieb (1999) – Worthwhile anthology of Jazz


After year’s of receiving their accusing stares from my bookshelf, I committed to myself that I would finish both Visions of Jazz by Gary Giddens and Reading Jazz. The latter is an anthology of Autobiography, Reporting, and Criticism from the major … Continue reading

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The Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa – a true 20th C masterpiece both of literature and cinema


This summer I actually got some good reading done. I had been plagued with seeing The Leopard by Lampedusa in various bookstores in Italy, but did not really know what it was about aside from the reunification of Italy in … Continue reading

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Miles of Miles


I finished both the autobiography of Miles Davis as well as Ian Carr’s excellent biography a few weeks back. Both were exhilarating reading to be honest. As for the autobiography I love Miles’ style injected with loads of vernacular and … Continue reading

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Reading about Jazz: Giddins, Trane, Pepper and Miles – oh and Dylan too


I have been on a jazz kick for nearly a month. Well, for years actually but recently, more obsessed tha n usual. I had a copy of Gary Giddins’ Visions of Jazz staring at me accusingly from my bookshelf for … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons: The Wait for Winds of Winter Begins…


I have mentioned before that I had made several attempts at reading the GoT series of books after having become addicted to the HBO show based on them. I felt that the first two books – A Game of Thrones … Continue reading

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Book Reviews: A Feast for Crows


My dad gave me the first four Game of Thrones books over two years ago. I have been a fan of the TV show from the very beginning and loved both S02 and So3, but my first attempts at reading the … Continue reading

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