Books 3 and 4 – Confessions of an Economic Hitman and Cat’s Cradle

It’s the start of Diablo 3 Season 5 so this will be short.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman suggests that the actions detailed in Joseph Stiglitz’s Globalisation and its Discontents (a better book IMO) might be deliberate. It’s a bit too egocentric for me to buy into completely. There are no sources except the author. I wouldn’t be surprised if the events detailed actually happened but who knows? John Perkins.

Cat’s Cradle was great. Everything by Vonnegut is great. Read it immediately.

Bye. Paragon 300 awaits.

Book 2 of 52 – Frank by Jon Ronson


Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

This might be considered a bit of a cheat because it’s only about 80 pages but, whatever, a book is a book.

It would be disingenuous to describe it as a complete biography of Frank Sidebottom. It really just touches on the time Ronson spent as Frank Sidebottom’s keyboard player. It’s typical Jon Ronson. Always curious about his subject and never judgmental; like a literary Louis Theroux.

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Book 1 of 52 – Going to Sea in a Sieve by Danny Baker


Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography

I like Danny Baker. He seems like a really nice bloke. He’s lead an extraordinary life, met amazing people and has managed to come out of the other side a charming and self-effacing guy. His stories of his father are warm and funny. The story of losing his virginity in his nan’s bed had me actually gut laughing. As a fellow music nerd, I really enjoyed his time working in a record store and, of course, his time writing for the NME.

Unfortunately I read this entire book with Alan Partridge’s voice. Buckaroo! It’s a shame because as biographies go, it’s a lovely piece of work. My brain just happens to be a dick. It will now spend the rest of the evening playing the Super Mario Bros theme tune as sung by cats.

Meow meow meow, meow-meow-meow, meow meow, meow-meow, meow meow meow meow-meow-meow.