Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Pandora stations

Did you know you can only have 100 stations on Pandora? I found out...the hard way. Here are mine:

Alicia Bridges
Astor Piazzolla
Ben Folds
Bernard Herrmann
Bill Evans
Bill Monroe
Black Francis
Buddy Rich
Béla Bartók
Cole Porter
Count Basie
Cowboy Junkies
David Bowie
Django Reinhardt
Donna Summer
Doris Day
Echo & the Bunnymen
Edith Piaf
Ein Symphonie Des Grauens (by Lida Husik)
Empire of the Sun
Erik Satie
Explosions in the Sky
Fairport Convention
Fleet Foxes
Francis Poulenc
Frank Black
Frank Sinatra
Frankie Lane
Franz Schubert
Gabriel Fauré
Gordon Lightfoot
György Ligeti
Hank Williams
Henry Mancini
Jefferson Airplane
Jerry Goldsmith
Jimi Hendrix
Joby Talbot
Johann Sebastian Bach
John Adams
John Coltrane
Jose Gonzalez
Josquin Desprez
Joy Division
Kronos Quartet
Kurt Weill
Led Zeppelin
Leonard Bernstein
Leyland Kirby
Lida Husik
Mad Men Suite (soundtrack)
Mark Ronson & the Business Intl.
Miles Davis
Missy Mazzoli
Ned Rorem
Neko Case
Neon Indian
New Order
Nico Muhly
Patti Smith
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Peggy Lee
Perfume Genius
Philip Glass
PJ Harvey
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Richard Thompson
Serge Gainsbourg
Shane MacGowan
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Soul Coughing
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (soundtrack)
Talking Heads
Tears for Fears
The B-52's
The Band
The Belairs
The Chieftains
The Dandy Warhols
The Fiery Furnaces
The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Magnetic Fields
The Pogues
The Stooges
They Might Be Giants
Townes Van Zandt
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks
Warren Zevon

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Top 10 favorite books of 2012

1. Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

2. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family by Mary S. Lovell

3. What's for Dinner? by James Schuyler

4. Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford

5. A Mouth in California by Graham Foust

6. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford

7. Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford

8. Lush Life by Richard Price

9. Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather

10. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Books I finished in 2012

I had a goal of finishing 100 books in 2012. I'm happy to say I was only 48 short of my goal at the end of the year. I finished 4 on the last day, 6 in the last two days, and 15 in the last month. Here they are, all 52:

  1. At Port Royal — Chris Edgar
  2. Hons and Rebels — Jessica Mitford
  3. long love poem with descriptive title — Matthew Savoca
  4. Late in the Antenna Fields — Alan Gilbert
  5. Sylvia — Leonard Michaels
  6. The Pursuit of Love — Nancy Mitford
  7. A Nest of Ninnies — John Ashbery, James Schuyler
  8. The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family — Mary S. Lovell
  9. A Pale View of Hills — Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. The Fermata — Nicholson Baker
  11. A Mouth in California — Graham Foust
  12. Open City — Teju Cole
  13. Alfred and Guinevere — James Schuyler
  14. Spending — Mary Gordon
  15. Objects for a Fog Death — Julie Doxsee
  16. The To Sound — Eric Baus
  17. The Beginners — Rebecca Wolff
  18. A Worldly Country — John Ashbery
  19. Thin Kimono — Michael Earl Craig
  20. The Front — K. Silem Mohammad
  21. Walks With Men — Ann Beattie
  22. Desperate Characters — Paula Fox
  23. Love in a Cold Climate — Nancy Mitford
  24. What's for Dinner? — James Schuyler
  25. Notes From Irrelevance — Anselm Berrigan
  26. Lucy Gayheart — Willa Cather
  27. There's a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From — Bryan Charles
  28. The Men — Lisa Robertson
  29. Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy — Sarah Bradford
  30. Just Kids — Patti Smith
  31. Play It As It Lays — Joan Didion
  32. The Totality for Kids — Joshua Clover
  33. It Is Daylight — Arda Collins
  34. You Don't Love Me Yet — Jonathan Lethem
  35. A Way of Life, Like Any Other — Darcy O'Brien
  36. Freedom — Jonathan Franzen
  37. Lush Life — Richard Price
  38. House of Holes — Nicholson Baker
  39. Woodcutters — Thomas Bernhard
  40. The Designated Mourner — Wallace Shawn
  41. Elizabeth Costello — J. M. Coetzee
  42. Howards End — E. M. Forster
  43. Bonsai — Alejandro Zambra
  44. The Stranger — Albert Camus
  45. The Fallback Plan — Leigh Stein
  46. Quartet — Jean Rhys
  47. The Fatalist — Lyn Hejinian
  48. Snip Snip — Tina Brown Celona
  49. Rain — Jon Woodward
  50. Going Down — Jennifer Belle
  51. Walkabout — James Vance Marshall
  52. People Are Tiny in Paintings of China — Cynthia Arrieu-King
Stay tuned for my top 10 books of 2012.