SO, my buddy Jay likes books and good music. He will share his favorite books with you from 08'. Be sure to buy one from his on-line store. Just click the link. I also added a new MSTRKRFT video to dumb things down a bit and just in case you are boggled by the fact that I, Clay, would have a 'book' list on cLAy TV. But really, I need to start reading again, computer screens hurt my eyes.
Here is is:
Hello Boys and Girls! Greetings from Minneapolis! How's the weather up there, you ask? Well, it's colder than a motherfucker here, right now. 4 degrees below zero, the last I checked.
So, I've decided that since Clay and Kyle spent all that time listing off their favorite albums, I wouldn't even try to compete. Instead, I'm gonna offer up a list of good books that I've read in the past year or so. I WILL go on the record and say that MOST of my favorite albums from this year are on one or both of their lists. I would argue, however, that The Tallest Man on Earth deserves a higher ranking (c'mon, Kyle!) and urge you to give a listen to Phosphorescent's album Pride and Hymns for a Dark Horse by Bowerbirds. Both are on the Dead Oceans label, methinks. And both are pretty fantastic. And as long as we're here, I thought John Vanderslice's latest was pretty alright, too. (If you're into that sorta thing.)
So, I run a book store here in Minneapolis, which affords me the same access to good books that ClayTV provides to awesome vids. Here's a quick list of books I can whole-heartedly recommend to readers of all stripes. Normally, I don't like to play favorites, but in the spirit of listmaking, I've gone ahead and assembled a top 10. If you wanna buy one, do me a solid and buy it here: magersandquinn.com.
1. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
2. The End - Salvatore Scibona
3. Home - Marilynne Robinson
4. Book Thief - Marcus Zusak
5. Dud Avocado - Elaine Dundy
6. Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
7. The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
8. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
9. Vermeer in Bosnia - Lawrence Weschler
10. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing - M.T. Anderson
And a small assortment of other fine books I read in '08.
The Boat- by Nam Le
Housekeeping - by Marilynne Robinson
Sorrows of an American - Siri Hustvedt
Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
Maps & Legends - Michael Chabon
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
Heat - Bill Buford
Driftless - David Rhodes
Proust and the Squid - MaryAnne Wolf
Thanks Jay! and now here is video with most of the lowest common denominators!
MSTRKRFT: "Bounce" feat. N.O.R.E & Isis
ps. cLAy TV's top videos of 08' are coming soon!!!