So May/June has been:
Errol Morris’ “Believing is Seeing”-- a great collection of essays from a famed documentary filmmaker in which he explores the unreliability of photography not just now in the digital age but back at the dawn of the invention of the thing in terms of creating a document that represents “Truth”. Teaching a new Doc class next semester and I’m absolutely assigning some of this.
Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”-- A gut punch of a book and should be mandatory reading if you care about the racial injustices in our penal system.
Brian K Vaugh-- Volumes 1-3 of his “Saga” comics-- Some of it I love, some of it I’m wary of, but I’m going to keep going. Sci-fi, very unique in someways in how it blends fantasy and deep space. Disturbing at times, but cool art style.
Sewlyn Raab’s “The Five Families-- The Rise and Fall of the Mafia”-- I’m of Italian extraction and I absolutely hate everything the mob stands for and their bullshit hypocrisy about “honor” but much to my embarrassment, I’ve always really enjoy reading about the sort of bumbling high opera of the scumbag class. This book is pretty exhaustive in its scope and I enjoyed the history of the thing.
Harold Pinter- “Collection 1”-- I’m a huge fan of plays but I’ve never really buried myself in this guy’s work even though he’s of paramount importance to the field of drama. Enjoying the plays so far. No one does menace like this guy.
Joe and David Henry- “Furious Cool”-- a really great biography on Richard Pryor and one that doesn’t shy away from some of the terrible shit he did in his life. But they find a great way to both present those moments in his life without covering them up or normalizing him while still showing why he was so important and brilliant. I also love the fact that they don’t go the regular biography route and present his life from soup to nuts. Instead, they have chosen a series of “snapshots” of times in his life from childhood to death that they think defined him and only explore those. Also some great interviews with people like Dick Gregory.