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On Our Nightstand, August 17th-23rd

Here’s what we’re reading this week at Diesel!

Anna in Brentwood
Night of the Living Trekkies
By Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall
Laugh all you want (I can totally hear you!), but it’s the best zombie book I’ve read since World War Z. And it’s hilarious. So actually, you really can laugh.

Geo in Brentwood
Riding Toward Everywhere
By William T. Vollmann
In this book, Vollmann does what he does best: immerse himself in some crazy experience so he can tell us about it. This time it’s illegal trainhopping. While it doesn’t make me want to risk my life on the rails, I do now fancy a nice little train trip up the coast.

John Evans
The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny, and Globalization’s Rough Landscape
By Harm J. De Blij
For readers of Thomas Friedman and Jared Diamond, a nuanced global perspective which furthers, and corrects, much of their writings. Leave it to a geographer to clarify overwhelmingly vast complexities.

John Peck in Oakland
The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories
By Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman
Continuing my world culinary tour with this awesome and very complete cookbook. Contains beautiful photographs of both food and regions of Turkey.

Kim in Malibu
So Long, See You Tomorrow
By William Maxwell
Maxwell might be one of the best mid-century American writers you’ve never heard of, and this book, a slim novella that packs a hefty emotional punch, is quietly satisfying. It was written as the pseudo memoir of a man recounting the events of his childhood growing up in Illinois in the ’20s in the aftermath of a local murder, and, prepositional phrases aside, conjures up such a complex inner world for his characters, I find myself transported.

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3 Quick Questions With Max Brooks

Max Brooks, author of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide, is of course full of advice on how to withstand a plague of the ravenous undead. But he also has book, movie, and music recommendations!

Presenting Max Brooks’…

Favorite Book
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Favorite Movie
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor

Favorite Music
Gold Afternoon Fix by The Church

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World Enough and Time?

The New York Times has a fascinating but worrying article about the efforts being taken to preserve the digital archives of novelist Salman Rushdie. Among other problems, the technology on which materials were created simply becomes obsolete too quickly: “Imagine having a record but no record player.”

That’s a good analogy, but what this story really makes us think of is this:

Which in turn makes us want to stock up on all our favorite apocalyptic books—in hard copy. We’ll probably start with World War Z, The Road, The Brief History of the Dead, Y: The Last Man, Wastelands, Golden Days, and of course, Rushdie’s own The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Please, let us have the time.


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