Watership Down by Richard Adams

Amazing read. I had started to read this book back when it came out in my high school years, but I rashly dismissed it as a children’s story (which, on the surface it is) and didn’t really care to read about talking rabbits. (Animal Farm is another matter; I rather enjoyed it.)
This is an adventure story very hard to put down, and when you do, you look forward to picking it up again.… Continue reading

Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout

I first discovered the existence of this book on the WBGO jazz website (http://www.wbgo.org/) and I am glad I did.
I had always wanted to read Ellington’s autobiography “Music is My Mistress” but never got a copy of it (yet). Just as well, for Mr. Teachout claims that Duke held back on a lot of things that make an autobiography a “must read”: personal insights, thoughts regarding his fellow musicians, family members, etc.… Continue reading