Michael A. Staff Picks
CAN was the coolest band ever, and the fact that all but one of its members are dead now is surely a sign of the dark times we now live in. This book is purported to be the most definitive biography of the band yet produced, with a "scrapbook" exploring their influence through the ages. A peek inside reveals an interview with none other than the man himself: Mark E. Smith - what a treat!
This set of disarmingly unabashed memoirs is essential reading for anybody who enojys nostalgia and depravity. One wishes one's own youth was lived as far up to the hilt as Killian's.
This is a great science book for more humanities-minded scholars. It's been years since I've studied thermodynamics, but professor Berry does a beautiful job of explaining how it works, why it expresses profound truths about existence, and what it can show us more generally about the human scientific endeavor.
Nell Zink's lean, philosophical debut novel reads like a book of very sad jokes.
If you live here, read it!!!!