October 24, 2004
#41 and #42 Down, 10 To Go

Before I write a brief review of Greg Kot's Wilco: Learning How To Die, I have to admit to being a huge Wilco fan. Kot paints a vivid picture of the formation of the band, and in particular the life and evolution of Jeff Tweedy. I'd recommend this book to any fan of modern music.

As my next book, I finally read Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser. I know I'm stating the obvious, but this book reminded me of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, which I reread last year. This eye-opening and and often horrifying story of the fast food industry should be read by anyone contemplating a meal at McDonald's for lunch.

Next up is Ken Wells' Travels with Barley: A Journey Through Beer Culture in America. As a fan of both travelogues and beer, I am hoping this book will quench my literary thirst.

Posted by david on October 24, 2004

fast food nation is great...
did you see supersize me?

Posted by: mike on October 24, 2004 12:19 PM

I haven't yet, Mike, but I plan to, soon. I sure am glad I rarely eat fast food now...

Posted by: david on October 24, 2004 02:44 PM

You know, i'm a huge Wilco fan and "learning how to die" was one of my summer reads. I really enjoyed it but didn't you ever get a bit put off by how Kot tripped over himself to say positive things about Tweedy. He obviously worships those guys, I think he loses his journalistic perspective at a number of points. Enjoyed it though.

Posted by: Pete Funk on October 25, 2004 01:03 AM
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