Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Luxury of Reading

I don't have a lot of time to indulge in my favorite leisure activity -- hate that! -- but a certain biography recently caught my attention. (Actually, many, many books catch my attention, but being able to afford them and read them comfortably are entirely different matters.) Since this book isn't big and I don't have to sit in front of my desktop to get through it, I figured I'd give it a try. (You can't imagine what a treat it is for me to curl up in bed or in my favorite chair to read!)

The subject of this biography is the green-eyed young man below, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 26. Although I don't doubt his story will hold my interest, I'm not terribly fond of the author's voice. Maybe it will improve or I'll notice it less as the story proceeds.

Clicking on the post title will take you to the book's Amazon page. Reader opinion is quite divided.


Chris said...

Trying to think where I read a review of this. Maybe Three Dollar Bill Reviews?

K. Z. Snow said...


Tam said...

Oh yeah, I remember reading that review. Hope you get used to the voice and it gets better.

K. Z. Snow said...

Hey, Tam. It's a pretty fascinating tale, so I've been focusing on that rather than Isherwood's writing.

Tam said...

A good topic can over-ride other little annoyances.

That's why I love my netbook *pets new netbook lovingly* cause I can read in bed and do all my reading/surfing on the couch.

Still no word on my first born netbook. I suppose I could phone them and see what I'm paying them $25 to figure out. JCP said netbooks have a tendancy to just not start one day so maybe it's fixable. *knocks on wood*

K. Z. Snow said...

Eep! What a horror that must've been. But at least you got a replacement good 'n' fast (one advantage to living in a big city).

I so desperately wish I could get an e-reader, but that kind of expenditure just isn't in my budget. The bills come first, then keeping my ancient Ford Escort wagon running. ARGHHH -- life.

Chris said...

KZ: By waiting, ereaders are getting cheaper and cheaper, so... Good plan! :)

I had a Ford Escort station wagon. Loved that car - mostly because it was unapologetically purple. Sadly, it repaid my love by throwing a rod. Through a weird set of circumstances, I ended up buying a wee used BMW (shockingly inexpensive!) from some friends and have been driving that ever since. That thing'll run forever. My dad still laughs about me upgrading from the purple Escort wagon to the wee Beemer.

K. Z. Snow said...

Chris, my Escort had to have the whole top end rebuilt six months after I got it (used), which set me back $800. Now the bugger is rusting out from under me. (Really. I can't take it through a car wash. Chunks of it would get beaten right off by the spray!)

A Beemer *sigh*. Nice. How do people find deals like that? I've never had that kind of luck -- not with cars, not with men, not with anything.

Chris said...

The day after my Escort killed itself, I was supposed to meet some friends for dinner. I emailed them that I'd probably be car shopping instead. Well, they had this car they were going to put in the paper that week... so I walked over (they live 8 blocks away), test drove it, and that was that.

Pretty sure that takes care of all my carma forever, though. ;)