'Reading - the best state yet...

by tosca on Monday, July 25, 2011

...to keep absolutely loneliness at bay.'
~ William Styron

In which Tosca shares what she's reading at the moment (funny title, funny book) and takes time out to leave numerous links of interest here as well (yes, even though Link Love posts aren't until Saturday).

On the bus I read not to keep loneliness at bay, but to keep people at bay and because I don't have it in me to just sit and window watch. I'd rather be doing something, even if it's just keeping my mind occupied, so I always carry at least one physical book and a few ebooks. I'm never without reading material of some sort or another. This week's bus-read is Crap lyrics by Johnny Sharp and is hilarious. I found myself chuckling out loud more than once and, much to my co-passenger's consternation, some weird combination of snorting/choking. In my mind it's a book to be shared (even though some bits make you wince like omg-did-he-just-say-that?).

Title: Crap lyrics : a celebration of all the very worst pop lyrics of all time-- ever!
Author: Johnny Sharp
Year: 2009
Publisher: Portico
Synopsis: This title presents a witty celebration of the worst lyrics ever to grace the airwaves. After all, there are bad lines, and then there are really bad lines. Even the mighty have their off days - Bob Dylan may have written protest anthem "Blowing in the Wind" but he also wrote "wiggle, wiggle, like a bowl of soup". Even Kate Bush, who spent 10 years writing her eagerly-anticipated Aerial album, came out with a song (Mrs Bartolozzi) about a washing machine: "Slooshy sloshy slooshy sloshy/Get that dirty shirty clean"... This book is by an author who has toiled at the cliff-face of British pop music for years. Who better to steer a narrative path through the convoluted wordplay and hackneyed cliches of crap lyrics?

Link love: various blog/website links I received via RSS feeds today that may be of interest (probably only to me but hey, it's the thought that counts)

  • 10 surprising stars who started in soap operas, May 2 2011
  • Babbling about books, and more - book reviews, commentary and everything in between from an eccentric redhead who lives to write: WTF or not? You decide - some interesting WTFckery coming your way..., July 24 2011
  • Chron.com: The 15 most boring books, July 9 2010
  • Frenetic reader - YA book reviews and such: 5 underappreciated non-contemporary novels, July 23 2011
  • Gizmodo: 12 brilliant examples of lighthouse technology, July 22 2011
  • Gizmodo: These tongs are actually an FDA approved vibrator for men, July 22 2011
  • Listverse.com: Top 10 most boring movies
  • NPR.org: Vacation reads for the high country adventurer, July 25 2011
  • NPR.org: Yo, bro! Belly up to the bar and recite 'Broetry', July 25 2011
  • The NYT Sunday book review: Why writers belong behind bars, July 22 2011
  • ReadWriteWeb: How Dell really listens to its customers, July 22 2011
  • ToplessRobot.com: The 10 crappiest moments in Captain America's history, July 22 2011
  • ToplessRobot.com: 12 terrible Comic-Con faux pas, July 23 2011
  • The NYT Book Review: The inside list by Jennifer Schuessler, July 22 2011
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