Friday, April 08, 2022

The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs I've Seen/Read/Heard So Far In 2022

Updated as of  September 19, 2022 

KEY: star rating is on the four star scale
          meaning of "/" or "\"
          *** is three stars out of four
          ***/ is three stars leaning towards  3 1/2
          ***\ is three stars leaning towards 2 1/2

(Increasingly, I am sampling books, reading 10%, 20% even 40 or 50% before deciding to move on. The books below are only the ones I've read completely. That also explains what looks like generous grading -- more and more, if I sense a book is not going to be among my favorites, I stop reading. Too many books; too little time!)

1. A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1) by Elizabeth George 
2. The Method: How The Twentieth Century Learned To Act by Isaac Butler *** 1/2 
3. The Tiger In The Smoke  by Margery Allingham *** 1/2 
4. I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein *** 
5. The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais *** 
6. Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris *** 
7. Still Alright by Kenny Loggins 
8. The Covenant by James Michener *** 1/2 
9. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough (read by Edward Herrmann) *** 1/2 /
10. The Steam Pig by James McClure *** 1/2 
11. Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees *** 1/2 
12. Them by Joyce Carol Oates *** 
13. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates *** 
14. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates *** 1/2 
15. Babysitter by Joyce Carol Oates *** 
16. The Extraordinary Life Of An Ordinary Man by Paul Newman ** 1/2 
17. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler **** 
18. Growing Up by Russell Baker **** 
19. All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque **** 
20. Walt & Skeezix aka Gasoline Alley: The Complete Daily Strips 1927-1928 by Frank King ** 1/2 

CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS CDS (A strong emphasis on the ones I like, so don't think I love everything I listen to -- I just don't bother really listening to the ones I don't )

1. Cat Stevens -- Harold & Maude soundtrack ** 1/2 
2. The Cactus Blossoms -- One Day ** 1/2 
3. Judy Garland -- The Letter (1959) * 
4. Elvis Costello -- The Boy Named If ***/ 
5. Studio Electrophonique -- Happier Things ** 
6. Punch Brothers -- Hell On Church Street ** 1/2 
7. Frank Turner -- FTHC *** 
8. Fleetwood Mac -- Rumours *** 1/2 
9. Del McCoury Band -- Almost Proud ** 1/2 
10. Natalie Cole -- Unforgettable...With Love ** 1/2 
11. Aoife Donovan -- Age of Apathy ** 1/2 
12. Judy Collins -- Spellbound ***/ 
13. Keb Mo -- Good To Be... ** 
14. Spoon -- Lucifer On The Sofa ** 
15. North Mississippi Allstars -- Set Sail ** 
16. Dhruv -- Rapunzel ** 1/2 
17. Janis Ian -- The Light At The End Of The Line ** 
18. Various Artists -- Ocean Child: The Songs Of Yoko Ono *** 
19. Bastille -- Give Me The Future ** 1/2 
20. Various Artists -- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season Four soundtrack ***  
21. Irma Thomas -- Wish Someone Would Care (1964) *** 1/2 
22. John Mellencamp -- Strictly A One-Eyed Jack ** 1/2 
23. Toots and the Maytals -- Sweet and Dandy (1969) *** 
24. Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg -- Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg ** 
25. Gal Costa -- Gal aka Cinema Olympia (1969) *** 
26. Don McLean -- Christmastime! The Complete Collection * 
27. Phil Ochs -- I Ain't Marching Anymore * 1/2 
28. Dolly Parton -- Run, Rose Run ** 
29. Pentangle -- The Pentangle (1968) *** 
30. Judy Garland -- Miss Show Business (1955) ** 1/2 
31. John Luther Adams -- Become River (2020) *** 1/2 
32. Bryan Adams -- So Happy It Hurts ** 1/2 
33. Gilberto Gil -- Gilberto Gil (1971) ***/ 
34. Michael Feinstein -- Gershwin Country ** 
35. Milton Nascimento -- Courage ** 1/2 
36. John Luther Adams -- Lines Made By Walking (2020) *** 
37. Dave Van Ronk -- Folksinger (1962) ** 
38. Françoise Hardy -- Comment te dire adieu *** 
39. Cecile McLorlin Salvant -- Ghost Song ***/ 
40. The Monks -- Black Monk Time (1966) *** 
41. Koobas -- The Koobas (1969) *** 
42. Novos Baianos -- Acabou Chorare (1972) **** 
43. Micky Dolenz -- Dolenz Sings Nesmith EP (2022) *** 
44. Eddie Harris -- The In Sound (1965) *** 1/2 
45. John Moreland -- LP5 (2020) *** 
46. Joan Jett -- Changeup ** 1/2 
47. Patty Waters -- Sings (2009) ** 1/2 
48. Michael Buble -- Higher ** 
49. Kenny Loggins -- Leap of Faith (1991) ***/ 
50. Utopia/Todd Rundgren -- Oops! Wrong Planet (1977) *** 1/2 
51. Utopia/Todd Rundgren -- Adventures in Utopia (1980) ***/ 
52. Daniela Cotton -- Good Day ** 1/2 
53. Loggins & Messina -- Sittin' In aka Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In (1972) *** 
54. Colin Hay -- Now And The Evermore *** 1/2 
55. Kenny Loggins -- Return To Pooh Corner (1994) **
56. Loggins & Messsina -- Loggins & Messina (1972) *** 
57. Kenny Loggins -- December (1998) ** 1/2 
58. Kenny Loggins -- More Songs From Pooh Corner (2000) ** 1/2 
59. Loggins & Messsina -- Full Sail (1973) ** 
60. Poco -- Pickin' Up The Pieces (1969) *** 
61. Little Freddie King -- Goin' Upstairs *** 
62. Jon Cleary -- So Swell *** 
63. Barbra Streisand -- Release Me 2 * 
64. Melody Gardot -- Sunset In The Blue ** 1/2 
74. Karen Dalton -- In My Own Time ** 1/2 
75. Lady Blackbird -- Black Acid Soul *** 1/2 
76. Sonny Red -- Out Of The Blue (1960) *** 1/2 
77. Margo Timmins -- The Ty Tyrfu Sessions (2021) *** 1/2 
78. Kenny Loggins -- Keep The Fire (1979) ** 1/2 
79. Kenny Loggins -- Nightwatch (1978) ***
80. Kenny Loggins -- High Adventure (1982) ***
81. Kenny Loggins -- Vox Humana (1983) * 
82. Loggins & Messina -- On Stage (1974) ***
83. Charles Mingus -- Mingus Three (1957) ** 1/2 
84. Horace Andy -- Midnight Rocker *** 
85. Jason Aldean -- Georgia ***\ 
86. Kiki Dee -- The Long Ride Home ** 
87. Joshua Hadley -- Neon Blue ** 1/2 
88. Miles Davis -- In A Silent Way (1969) **** 
89. Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder -- Get On Board ***\ 
90. Brad Mehldau -- Jacob's Ladder ** 1/2 
91. Maren Morris -- Humble Quest ***/ 
92. Chanticleer -- Chanticleer Sings Christmas (2020) *** 
93. The Saints -- (I'm) Stranded (1977) *** 1/2 
94. Daryl Hall -- Before After *** 
95. Rumer -- B Sides & Rarities Vol. 2 *** 
96. Judy Garland -- That's Entertainment! (1960) ** 
97. George Winston -- Night ** 
98. Willie Nelson -- A Beautiful Time *** 
99. Miranda Lambert -- Palomino ***/ 
100. Grant Green -- Idle Moments (1965) **** 
101. John Luther Adams -- Arctic Dreams (2021) ** 1//2 
102. Wet Leg -- Wet Leg *** 1/2 
103. Tord Gustavsen Trio -- Opening ** 1/2 
104. Trombone Shorty -- Lifted ** 1/2 
105. Midlake -- For The Sake Of Bethel Woods *** 
106. Lyle Lovett -- 12th Of June ** 1/2 
107. Brennen Leigh w Asleep At The Wheel -- Obsessed With The West ** 
108. Kevin Morby -- This Is A Photograph ** / 
109. The Waterboys -- All Souls Hill *** 
110. Big Thief -- Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You ** 
111. The Beach Boys -- Pet Sounds **** 
112. John Scofield -- John Scofield ** 
113. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever -- Endless Rooms ** 
114. Altameda -- Born Losers *** 1/2 
115. Ella Fitzgerald -- Easy Living (w Joe Pass) (1986) *** 1/2 
116. Eslabón Armado -- Nostalgia *** 1/2 
117. Irma Thomas -- Take A Look (1966) **** 
118. Irma Thomas -- In Between Tears (1973) *** 1/2 
119. Harry Styles -- Harry's House *** 1/2 
120. The Lickerish Quartet -- Threesome (3 eps over two years) *** 1/2 
121. Melody Gardot -- Entre eux deux (w Philippe Powell) ** 1/2 
122. Mavis Staples -- Carry Me Home (live album w Levon Helm) *** 
123. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -- Dirt Does Dylan ** 1/2 
124. Binker & Moses -- Feeding The Machine *** 1/2 
125. Son House -- Forever On My Mind ** 1/2 
126. Freddie Hubbard -- Ready For Freddie (1961) *** 1/2 
127. Ray Wylie Hubbard -- Co-Starring Too ** 
128. Various Artists -- A New Orleans Christmas (1997) ** 1/2 
129. Oumou Sangaré -- Timbuktu ***/ 
130. Alec Benjamin -- (Un)Commentary ***/ 
131. Steve Earle -- Jerry Jeff *** 
132. Wilco -- Cruel Country ** 1/2 
133. Terry Riley -- In "C" (1968) **** 
134. Kenny Loggins -- The Essential Kenny Loggins (2002) *** 1/2 
135. Kenny Loggins -- Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (1997) *** 1/2 
136. Erroll Garner -- Concert By The Sea (1955) *** 1/2 
137. Rosalía -- Motomami ** 1/2 
138. Arcade Fire -- We *** 
139. Frank Sinatra -- Watertown (1970) ** 
140. Chic -- Real People (1980) ** 
141. Tomberlin -- I Don't Know Who Needs To Hear This **/ 
142. Judy Garland -- Alone (1957) **** 
143. Charlie XCX -- Crash ** 1/2 
144. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonius Monk (1958) *** 1/2 
145. The Wild Tchoupitoulas -- The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976) *** 
146. Let's Eat Grandma -- Two Ribbons ** 
147. Randall King -- Shot Glass ** 
148. Irma Thomas -- The Story Of My Life (1997) ** 
149. Mary Gauthier -- Dark Enough To See The Stars ** 1/2 
150. The Linda Lindas -- Growing Up ** 
151. Carrie Underwood -- Denim and Rhinestones * 1/2 
152. Kate Bush -- 50 Words For Snow ***/ 
153. Elvis Presley -- His Hand In Mine (1960) **** 
154. Rufus Wainwright -- Rufus Does Judy At Capitol ** 
155. Odetta -- Odetta Sings Dylan (1965) ** 1/2 
156. Elvis Costello -- The Resurrection of Rust (w Rusty) ***/ 
157. Amber Mark -- Three Dimensions Deep ***\ 
158. The Everly Brothers -- Hey Doll Baby (WB compilation) ***/ 
159. Paul Winter Consort -- Concert in The Park ** 
160. Lucky Daye -- Candydrip ** 1/2 
161. Ibibio Sound Machine -- Electricity ** 1/2 
162. Elvis Presley -- Peace in The Valley ep (1957) *** 
163. Elvis Presley -- How Great Thou Art (1967) *** 
164. Elvis Presley -- He Touched Me (1972) ** 1/2 
165. Drake -- Honestly, Nevermind *** 
166. Puseletso Seema -- Mofata Seliba No. 3 (2000) ***/ 
167. Angel Olsen -- Big Time ** 1/2 
168. Jack White -- Fear Of The Dawn ** 
169. Irma Thomas -- Live! At New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1976 *** (great perf; mic a mile) 
170. Michael McDermott -- St. Paul's Boulevard ** 1/2 
171. Ralfi Pagan -- With Love (Spanish Version) (1972) ** 1/2 
172. Waylon Jennings -- Honky Tonk Heroes (1973) ** 1/2 
173. Bad Bunny -- Un Verano Sin Ti *** 1/2 
174. Regina Spektor -- Home, Before And After ** 1/2 ("What Might Have Been" a keeper) 
175. Jackie McLean -- Bluesnik (1962) **** 
176. Fantastic Negrito -- White Jesus Black Problems ** 
177. Leyla McCalla -- Breaking The Thermometer ** 1/2 
178. The "5" Royales -- Monkey Hips and Rice *** 
179. Ella Fitzgerald -- Live At The Hollywood Bowl: The Irving Berlin Songbook *** 1/2 
180. Miles Davis -- Miles Ahead (1969) *** 1/2 
181. Ethel Cain -- Preacher's Daughter ** 
182. Miles Davis -- Milestones **** 
183. Charles Mingus -- The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963) **** 
184. Puseletso Seema -- Mofata Seliba No. 4 (2002) ***/ 
185. 49 Winchester -- Fortune Favors The Bold ** 
186. Kathryn Joseph -- For You Who Are The Wronged ** 
187. Sault -- Air ***/ 
188. M. Field -- Re M. Field ** 1/2 
189. Orville Peck -- Bronco ** 1/2 
190. Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart -- Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (1976) ** 1/2 
191. Kendrick Lamar -- Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers *** 
192. She & Him -- Melt Away: A Tribute To Brian Wilson *** 1/2 
193. Neil Young -- Toast ** 1/2 
194. Stanley Turrentine -- Jubilee Shout! (1962) **** 
195. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane -- Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1963) ***/ 
196. R.E.M. -- Chronic Town ep **** 
197. John Moreland -- Birds In The Ceiling ** 
198. Josh Rouse -- Going Places ** 1/2 
199. Duncan Sheik -- Claptrap ***/ 
200. John Luther Adams -- Houses Of The Wind ** 1/2 
201. Jim Lauderdale -- Game Changer ** 
202. Clark Terry -- Color Changes (1961) *** 
203. Booker Ervin -- That's It! (1961) *** 1/2 
204. Charley Pride -- Charley Pride's 10th Album (1970) ** 1/2 
205. Connie Smith -- Connie Smith (1965) *** 1/2 
206. Omar Apollo -- Ivory *** 
207. Guy Clark -- Old No. 1 (1975) *** 
208. Reba McEntire -- Rumor Has It (1990) ** 1/2 
209. Willie Nelson -- Phases and Stages (1974) ** 1/2 
210. Flatt & Scruggs -- Foggy Mountain Jamboree (1957) **** 
211. Sebastian Yatra -- Dharma ***\ 
212. George Formby Jr. -- The Best Of George Formby  ** 1/2 ("Leaning On A Lampost") 
213. Clint Black -- Killin' Time (1989) ***/ 
214. Julian Lennon -- Jude ** 
215. Panic! At The Disco -- Viva Las Vengeance ***/ 
216. Amanda Shires -- Take It Like A Man ** 1/2 
217. Sammi Smith -- He's Everywhere aka Help Me Make It Through The Night (1970) **** 
218. Ryan Adams -- FM ***/ 
219. Tom T. Hall -- In Search Of A Song (1971) ***/ 
220. Michelle Branch -- The Trouble With Fever ** 
221. Freddy Fender -- Before The Next Teardrop Falls (1975) *** 
222. Creedence Clearwater Revival -- At The Royal Albert Hall April 14 1970 *** 


(Not TV movies, of course, but movies and TV -- and TV movies if it comes to that. Mostly I only list TV shows when I've tackled an entire season at once or reappraising an entire series after it's over This doesn't really capture my ongoing watching of current TV.)

1. Downstairs (1932) ** 
2.  The River (1951) ** 1/2 
3. Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story ** 1/2 
4. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? (2020) *** 1/2 
5. Everything Everywhere All At Once *** 1/2 
6. Doctor Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness ** 
7. Petite Maman ***/ 
8. Downton Abbey: A New Era ** 1/2 
9. Pleasure *** 1/2 
10. Top Gun: Maverick ** 
11. Heartstopper S1 *** 
12. Sherlock Jr. (1924) **** 
13. Absence Of Malice (1981) ** 1/2 
14. The Last Movie Stars (doc on Newman/Woodward) *** 1/2 
15. Buster Keaton -- The Railrodder (1965) ** 
16. The Woman King (at drive-in) ** 1/2 

(The names after the shows are the people who joined me at the performance.)

1. Retrospectrum -- Bob Dylan exhibit of artwork at Frost Museum in Miami at FIU *** 

After two and a half years! After 29 months to be exact, I'm attending live theater for the first time since March of 2020! Hallelujah!

2. 101 Dalmatians (at Regents Park Open Air) * 1/2 
3. Jack Absolute Flies Again! (At the National w Leslie) *** 
4. The Gunpowder Plot (immersive theater and VR spectacle at Tower of London w John) ** 1/2 
5. King Lear (w Kathryn Hunter as lead at Globe, no guest, had to leave early due to heat, age!) *** 
6. The Southbury Child (starring Alex Jennings) (at Bridge, w Leslie) *** 
7. Tom, Dick and Harry (at Alexandra Palace, w Leslie) ** 1/2 
8. Daniel Kitson (COVID show at Regents Park Open Air on stage w 101 Dalmatians set) *** 
9. Jack Absolute Flies Again! (at National w Zoe) (better audience) *** 1/2 
10. Patriots (at Almeida w Zoe) ** 1/2 
11. Life Of Pi (at Wyndham w Zoe) ** 1/2 (but puppetry and effects **** War Horse level) 
12. Dennis Sever's House tour/performance (w Zoe) *** 1/2 
13. Punchdrunk: The Burnt City (alone) *** 1/2 
14. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (at Gillian Lynne w Luis) *** 
15. Back To The Future (w Luis and Leslie) ** 1/2 

Updated as of September 19, 2022 

TV and Film Must Watch List



APPLES (GM, AR) (rental)
    (Greek drama) 

COW (GM, GR)  (rental)
    (Andrea Arnold doc on cow) 

    (Michelle Yeoh multiverse) 
FRANCE (GM)  (streaming Criterion, rental for $5 everywhere) 
    (Bruno Dumont  w Lèa Seydoux as celeb journalist) 

    (doc on comedy legend)

    (German gay prison drama)

HAPPENING (AL) (rental) 
     (French period abortion drama, pun intended)

IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE (GR) (theatrical) 
    (Hong Sang-Soo latest; his 26th film)

MEMORIA (GR)  (city by city road show release around the country in 2022)
    (Tilda Swinton in dir Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

MOONAGE DAYDREAM (GM) (theatrical) 
    (fever dream of a doc on Bowie) 

NITRAM (GM) (AMC+, rental everywhere)
    (Aussie flick by dir Justin Kurzel of Snowtown, Macbeth w Fassbender) 

NOPE (AD, AO, MGS) (theaters, rental)
    (Jordan Peele flick) 

PETITE MAMAN (MG, GR) (rental; later on MUBI)
    (Dir Celine Sciamma's latest)  
PLEASURE (MG, GM) (rental) 
    (Sundance film about woman entering adult film industry)  

THE TERRITORY (HK, GM) (theaters)
    (doc on indigenous people in Brazilian Amazon) 

THE TSUGUA DIARIES (GM, GR) (MUBI, rental Amazon) 
    (Portuguese film about moviemaking from dir Miguel Gomez) 



Annika S1 (Amazon Prime/PBS) 
The Kids In The Hall (Amazon Prime) 
Undone (S1 and S2)

Friday Night Dinner (2011 sitcom) (Amazon Prime)

Attica (Amazon Prime, Showtime) 
The Electrical Life Of Louis Wain (Amazon) 
Joji (Amazon) 
Mayor Pete (doc) (Amazon) 
My Name Is Pauli Murray (Amazon) 
Val (Val Kilmer doc) (Amazon) 

Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas (Amazon) (1976) 
Invincible S1 animated (Amazon) 
The Underground Railroad S1 (Amazon)


Banana (Amazon) 
Beats (Amazon Prime, MUBI) 
Blow The Man Down (Amazon) mys
Boys (Amazon) 
Cucumber (Amazon) 
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix) 
Pride (Amazon) 
Route One/USA (Amazon/Ovid) 
Saint Frances (Starz/Amazon) 
The Surrogate (Starz/Amazon, rental) 
Sylvie's Love jazz romance (Amazon) 



That Dirty Black Bag S1 


The North Water S1 (AMC)



Cha Cha Real Smooth 

Severance S1 (Apple+) 
Shining Girls S1 (Apple+) 


Roadrunner (rental only) 
The Truffle Hunters ($1 rental) 

For All Mankind (Apple + series) 
Girlfriends (1978 movie $4 rental) 
Mythic Quest S2 (Apple+) 
71: The Year That Music Changed Everything (eight part doc) (Apple+) 
Ted Lasso (Apple+ series) 


Beastie Boys Story (Apple+) 
Greyhound (WW II film, Tom Hanks) (Apple+) 
On The Rocks (Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola) (Apple+) 



France (Bruno Dumont)
Pyaasa (1957 Indian classic) 


This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection (also rental) 
You Will Die At Twenty (Criterion) 


Bacurau (Criterion/Kanopy; rental elsewhere) 
Cane River (1982 lost film) (Kanopy, Criterion) 
Compensation (1999, never released theatrically)
Pink Narcissus (Criterion) 
Vitalina Varela (Criterion) 
Zombie Child (French flick, Criterion) 



Last Exit: Space (by Werner Herzog's son) (Discovery +) 



Chip 'N' Dale: Rescue Rangers

Bluey S3
Moon Knight S1


Becoming Cousteau (Disney+) 
The Rescue (Thai cave doc) (Disney+) 

Loki S1 (Disney+) 
The Muppet Show (Disney+) Feb 19 
[S1E5 (Rita Moreno) S2E8 (Steve Martin) S3E7 (Alice Cooper) S4E24 (Diana Ross) S5E15 (Carol Burnett) ] 
WandaVision S1


Soul (Disney +) 




Cruel Summer S1 (Freeform) 



After Yang (FUBO and Showtime) 


Attica (Fubo and Showtime) 
Everything's Gonna Be Okay (LGBT series) 



The Bear S1 (fx) 


Reservation Dogs (S1) (fX)



The Batman (HBO Max) 
George Carlin's American Dream (HBO Max) 
Julia S1 (HBO Max) 
Kimi (Soderbergh w Zoe Kravitz) (HBO Max) 
Limbo (HBO Max Alonso Duralde)
Navalny (doc) (HBO Max) 
Rothaniel (Jerrod Carmichael comedy special) 

Euphoria S1 and 2 (HBO Max) 
Hacks S1 and 2 (HBO Max series) 
The Last Movie Stars (6 part doc on Newman and Woodward) (HBO Max)
Minx (comedy about female erotica mag in 1970s) 
My Brilliant Friend S1-3 (HBO Max) 
We Own This City (from many behind The Wire)


The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (for Jessica Chastain esp) (HBO Max, rental)
The Lady and the Dale 4-part doc on transgender car innovator (HBO Max) 
Limbo (HBO Max) 
Listening To Kenny G (HBO Max) 
Nightmare Alley (HBO Max, Hulu) 
No Sudden Move (Soderbergh) HBO Max 
Tina (doc on Turner) (HBO) 

Betty (HBO Max series) 
A Black Lady Sketch Show S1 (HBO Max) 
Exterminate All The Brutes 4 part doc (HBO Max) 
The Investigation S1 (HBO, Swedish) 
It's A Sin (HBO Max miniseries) 
Love Life S1 (HBO, guy from The Good Place) 
Mare Of Easttown S1 (HBO Max series) 
The Other Two S2 (HBO, Justin Bieber-like guy and his mom) 
South Side comedy (HBO Max) 
Station Eleven (HBO) 
Succession (S1-3) (HBO) 
The Other Two S1-2 (HBO) 
Veneno S1 (HBO Max) 
The White Lotus (HBO Max) 


American Utopia (HBO Max) 
Emma (HBO Max) 
Let Them All Talk (HBO Max) 
On The Record (HBO Max) 
We Are Who We Are (HBO Max)
Wonder Woman 1984 (HBO Max) 



Changing The Game (doc on high school trans athletes) (Hulu)
Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (Hulu) 


All Light, Everywhere doc on bias (Hulu, rental) 
Bergman Island (Hulu) 
The First Wave (covid doc) (Hulu) 
Homeroom (doc) (Hulu) 
I'm Your Man (Hulu) 
The Killing Of Two Lovers (Hulu, rental) 
New Order (HULU, rental)  
Nightmare Alley (HBO Max, Hulu) 
Pig (Hulu) 
Saint Maud (Hulu, Paramount+)
Swan Song (Hulu) 
The Truffle Hunters (Hulu) 
Undine (Hulu, rental) 

Freaks & Geeks S1 (Hulu) 
In My Skin S1 and 2 (Hulu) 
Only Murders in The Building S1 (Hulu) 


After Parkland (DOC) (Hulu)  
Beach Rats (Hulu) 
Everything's Going To Be Okay (Hulu) 
Farewell Amor (Hulu) 
Please Like Me (Hulu) 
Premature (Hulu) 
The Secrets We Keep (Hulu)
Tesla (Hulu)






Bacurau (Criterion/Kanopy; rental elsewhere) 
Cane River (1982 lost film) (Kanopy, Criterion)
Tom at the Farm (Kanopy) 



Great Freedom (German gay prison) 
Intregalde (Rom drama) (MUBI) 
Lingui (MUBI) played Cannes 
Mr. Bachmann and His Class doc (MUBI) 
Taming The Garden (doc) 
This Much I Know To Be True Nick cave doc (MUBI)


Azor (MUBI) 
Beginnings (Georgian Oscar entry) (MUBI) 
Days (MUBI) 
Labyrinth Of Cinema (MUBI) 
Luzzu (MUBI) 
State Funeral (MUBI, rental via Apple) 
Sweet Thing (MUBI, Hoopla, rental) 


Beats (Amazon Prime, MUBI) 
Beyond Clueless (2014 doc on film Clueless) (MUBI) 
Citadel (short by John Smith) MUBI 
Dead Pigs (Feb 12; dir of Birds Of Prey) (MUBI) 
Meanwhile On Earth (doc on funeral homes)
Overseas (Filipino nannies doc) (MUBI)  
Spring Night Summer Night (1967) 
White On White (MUBI)



Apollo 10 1/2 (Linklater animated) 
Hustle Adam Sandler sports (Netflix) 
Killing Them Softly (Dominik from 2012) 
RRR (Netflix) 
White Hot: The Rise & Fall Of Abercrombie & Fitch 

Heartstopper S1


The Alpinist (Netflix) 
A Cop Movie (Mexican doc/mock) (Netflix) 
Crack: Cocaine, Corruption and Conspiracy (Netflix) 
The Disciple (Netflix) 
Pray Away (Netflix doc) 
Procession (church abuse doc) (Netflix) 
7 Prisoners (Netflix) 
The Sparks Brothers (Netflix, rental) 


Al Rawabi School For Girls S1 Jordan high school drama (Netflix) 
Hometown Cha Cha Cha S1 rom-com from K (Netflix)
Lupin S1 AND S2 (Netflix) 
Maid (miniseries) (Netflix) 
Pretend It's A City S1 (Netflix) 
Squid Game S1 (Netflix) 
We The People S1 a la Schoolhouse Rock (Netflix)  


Bounding (Netflix) 
Circus of Books (porn shop doc) (Netflix)  
Grand Army S1 (Netflix) 
Handsome Devil (Netflix) 
I Care A Lot (Netflix) 
I'm Thinking Of Ending Things (Netflix) 
Nobody Knows I'm Here (Jorge Garcia) (Netflix) 
A Sun (Taiwan) (Netflix) 
The Trial Of The Chicago 7 (Netflix) 
Yes God Yes (Netflix) 
Your Name Engraved Herein (Netflix) 



Honor Society (High school caper) (Paramount+) 
Love, Tom (doc on Nashville songwriter) (Paramount+) 
Three Months (Troye Sivan) (Paramount+) 
Wasteland (sewage doc) (Paramount+) 

The Mayor of Kingstown S1 (Paramount+)


Ascension (China doc) (Paramount+) 
Bring Your Own Brigade (Paramount+) 
Saint Maud (Hulu, Paramount+)




We Are Lady Parts S1 (Peacock) 


Sherlock Holmes (TV series)  



After Yang (FUBO and Showtime) 
Yellowjackets S1 


Cusp (summer for teen girl military brats doc) (Showtime) 


Relic (horror) (Showtime, rental) 
Shithouse (Showtime, rental for $7) 
La Verite/The Truth (Showtime, rental)



Nine Days (Starz, also rental on Apple for $6) 



Life In A Day 2020 (crowd-sourced doc about day in life)


Arthur Wontner -- numerous Sherlock Holmes movies




Beba (limbo) 
Benediction (theaters)
The Duke (limbo) 
Funny Pages (theater, rental) 
Happening (rental) 
Hello, Bookstore doc (rental) 
Hold Your Fire (doc hostage negotiations) (rental) 
Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road doc (rental)
Miracol/Miracle (Romanian film) (limbo) 
Montana Story (rental, YouTube?) 
Nope (theaters)
Onoda: 10,000 Nights In The Jungle (limbo)
Playground (rental) 
The Quiet Girl (limbo) 
The Story of Film: A New Generation (doc) (rental) 


All Light, Everywhere (surveillance doc) (Hulu; rental) 
The Alpinist (Netflix)  
Ascension (Paramount+)
Attica (Amazon Prime, Showtime) 
Benedetta (Verhoeven nun flick) (Hulu, rental) 
The Card Counter (rental) 
Days (MUBI) 
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye (for Jessica Chastain esp) (HBO Max, rental)
14 Peaks (doc) 
John and the Hole (rental at Amazon Google YouTube etc) 
The Killing Of Two Lovers (Hulu, rental) 
Labyrinth Of Cinema (MUBI) 
The Most Beautiful Boy In The World (rental) 
Nightmare Alley (HBO Max, Hulu) 
Nine Days (Starz, also rental on Apple for $6) 
No Sudden Move (HBO Max) 
7 Prisoners (Netflix) 
The Souvenir Part II (rent on Spectrum; purchase elsewhere) 
The Strong Ones (Chilean queer) (rental) 
The Tender Bar (Amazon) 
Undine (Hulu, rental) 
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (by director of Drive My Car) (rental)

Rentals: this means a movie is widely available to rent for $4 or so via Apple, Amazon, etc.


Identifying Features (rental) 
I'm Your Man (rental) 
I Was A Simple Man (rental) 
Little Girl (trans doc) (rental) 
The Lost Leonardo (art doc) (rental) 
Mass (rental) 
Minyan queer may dec (rental) 
No Ordinary Man (Billy Tipton trans doc) (rental) 
Old Henry (rental) 
Philly D.A. 8 part pbs doc (Topic streamer) 


American Utopia (HBO Max) 
Assassins (rental doc) 
Beats (MUBI, Amazon) 
The Painted Bird (Hulu) 
The Platform (Netflix) 
Route One/USA (Amazon/Ovid) 
Two Of Us (rental) 
La Verite/The Truth ((FUBO, Showtime, DirecTV, rental on YouTube for $4, Amazon for $7) 
Vitalina Varela (Criterion) 
Young Ahmed (Dardenne film) (Criterion, Kanopy, rental) 


All Is Well (Netflix)
Anthropocene: The Human century (Kanopy)
Asako I and II
Ash Is Purest White
The Beach Bum
The Brink (Hulu) (Steve Bannon film)
The Burial of Kojo
The Chambermaid (Starz/Amazon)
The Competition (French doc on entry to film school)
Diane (Hulu)
The Edge Of Democracy (Brazil docu) (Netflix)
Everybody Knows (Ashgar Farhadi) (Netflix)
Fast Color
The Gospel Of Eureka
High Flying Bird (Netflix)
The Hottest August (Roku channel, Amazon fee)
I Lost My Body (Netflix)
Jay Myself (doc)
The Kingdom (Netflix  K period zombie)
Klaus (Netflix)
The Laundromat (Netflix)
The Lighthouse
Light Of My Life
Little Woods
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Missing Link (Netflix)
One Child Nation (Amazon)
One Cut Of The Dead (Jap zombie) (Amazon, maybe)
Permanent Green Light (Dennis Cooper) (Kanopy)
Rolling Thunder Revue (Netflix)
Shadow (wuxia by Zhang Yimou) (Netflix) 
Slut In A Good Way (Amazon)
Sorry Angel (French gay; Honore) (rental Amazon Apple)
Sunset (dir Nemez) (Starz/Amazon)
Thunder Soul (2010 doc)
Too Late To Die Young (Criterion Kanopy)
Transit (Amazon)
Two Plains and a Fancy (Amazon, Kanopy)
Under The Silver Lake (Amazon)
The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylon)
Woman at War (Hulu)


The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
Ben Is Back
Bisbee '17 (doc)
The Cakemaker
Crime and Punishment (doc)
Don't Worry,  He Won't Get Far On Foot
El Angel
Everybody Knows
The Green Fog (Guy Maddin)
The Guilty
Happy As Lazzaro
The Insult
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (doc)
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (John Ridley)
Nico, 1988
Reversing Roe (Netflix doc)
A Simple Favor
Skate Kitchen
Sollers Point
Stan and Ollie
The Third Murder (Kore-eda film)
You Were Never Really Here


Lost In Paris (rental, by people behind L'iceberg) 


Berlin Alexanderplatz (Criterion)
Cutter's Way (Pluto w ads)
The Elephant Man (Amazon rent)
The Last Metro (Truffaut) (Criterion/Kanopy)
Lola (Fassbinder) (Criterion)
Marjoe (Amazon? Vudu Roku? )
Mon Oncle d'Amerique (Criterion)
The Night Of Shooting Stars (Amazon rent)
A Passage To India (Amazon rent)
Raising Arizona (Starz/Amazon)
S.O.B. (Amazon rent)
Taxi Zum Klo (Pantaflix rent)
They All Laughed
The Vanishing (Criterion)
Videodrome (Amazon rent)
The Whole Shootin' Match (70s) Amazon


Adventure Time (Hulu)
American Crime (three seasons, ABC) (Netflix)
The Americans (Amazon)
American Vandal (Netflix)
America To Me (Starz doc)
AP Bio (Hulu)
Archer (Hulu)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (Amazon?)
Babylon Berlin (Netflix) 
Better Call Saul (Netflix)
Betty (HBO) skating boarding chicks 
Big Mouth (Netflix animated)
Blackadder (Amazon and Hulu)
Black Mirror (Netflix)
Blue Planet II (BBC America)
Bodyguard (Netflix)
Bojack Horseman (Netflix)
The Bridge (Hulu)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 
The Bureau (French TV thriller, five seasons) (Amazon) 
Casa de los Flores aka House of Flowers (Netflix)
La Casa De Papel aka Money Heist (Netflix)
Crashing UK w Phoebe Waller-Bridges (Netflix)
Dark (German Stranger Things on Netflix)
Das Boot (Hulu)
Dickinson (Apple)
Drew Michael (HBO standup, no audience)
Elite (Netflix high school drama, Spain)
The Half of It (Netflix teen Cyrano Asian)
Los Espookys (HBO)
Euphoria (HBO)
Fargo (Hulu)
Fauda (Israeli-Palestinian) (Netflix)
F1: Drive To Survive (Netflix)
Forever (Amazon)
GLOW (Netflix) 
The Great (Hulu w Nicolas Hoult Russian period) 
Hannah Gadsby Douglas (watch Nannette first) (Netflix) 
Happy Valley (Netflix)
Homecoming (Amazon)
The House of Flowers (La Casa de las Flores, Mexico) (Netflix)
I Know This Much is True (HBO) 
I May Destroy you (HBO) 
Insecure (HBO)
I Think You Should Leave (Netflix)
Kidding (Showtime)
Kid Gorgeous at Radio City: John Mulaney stand up (Netflix)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Leftovers (HBO)
Letterkennny (Hulu)
The Little Drummer Girl (Amazon?)
Lodge 49 (Hulu)
Mira, Royal Detective (Disney Channel)
Money Heist aka La Casa De Papel (Netflix)
Moone Boy (Irish Wonder Years)(Hulu)
Mr Inbetween (Amazon) 
Mrs America (Hulu w Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schaffly) 
Mum (Britbox, Amazon)
My Brilliant Friend (HBO)
Nanette: Hannah Gadsby standup (Netflix)
Nathan For You (Comedy Central) 
Never Have I Ever (mindy Kaling high school comedy) (Netflix) 
The Other Two (gay, Comedy Central)
Our Boys (HBO) 
Outer Banks (Netflix, Aussie teens Pogues, dawson's creek) 
Patriot (spy guitar) (Amazon)
Pen15 (Hulu)
Perpetual Grace LTD (creators of Patriot) (Epix)
Please Like Me (Irish gay, mother attempted suicide etc) Hulu
Ramy (Muslim American) (Hulu)
Random Acts Of Flyness (HBO)
Rectify (Sundance) 
Red Oaks (Amazon, country club tennis 80s) 
Rick And Morty (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim) (Hulu)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Salt Fat Acid Heat (Netflix cooking show)
Sex Education (Netflix, Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson)
Shangri-La Rick Rubin doc (Showtime)
Sherman's Showcase (Hulu)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Six By Sondheim (HBO)
Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch)
Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
The Story Of Minglan (Chinese drama on YouTube)
Succession (HBO)
Tamborine: Chris Rock special (Netflix)
The Terror (AMC)
This Close (Sundance)
This Is England (Amazon)
Tig Notaro: Happy to be Here standup (Netflix)
The Trip (rentable) 
Truth Seekers (Amazon, Simon Pegg) 
Unbelievable (Netflix)
The Untamed (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)
The Vicar of Dibley (BritBox Amazon)
The Vietnam War (Amazon)
Warrior (Cinemax)
Watchmen (HBO)
What We Do In The Shadows (Hulu)
When They See Us (Netflix Ava DuVernay)
Wild Wild Country (Netflix doc)
Years and Years (HBO)


Alan Partridge
An American Family (1973 PBS documentary)
Anne Of Green Gables (1985)
The Avengers
Baseball (Ken Burns)
Brassed Off
Broken Trail (2006 TV movie)
Buffalo Bill
Danger UXB
The Day After
Eleanor and Franklin
Elizabeth R
Gulliver's Travels (1996 miniseries)
Jazz (Ken Burns)
The Kids In The Hall (1988 sketch)
The Jewel In The Crown
Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts
Mr. Show
The Paper Chase
Party Down
Planet Earth
Reilly: Ace Of Spies
The Rockford Files/Maverick
S.C.T.V. (1976 sketch) 
Sherlock Holmes (starring Ronald Howard from 1954, on Roku) 
Sons Of Anarchy
St. Elsewhere (1982 drama)
Tattingers (1988 light drama)
Victory At Sea
The Waltons (1971 drama)
The World At War
World on a Wire (Fassbender TV four hours, Criterion) 


Cluny Brown (Criterion)
Imitation Of Life (rental) 
Marnie (Criterion) 

Aguirre, Wrath Of God (rental, Apple Amazon) 
All That Jazz 
L'avventura (HBO Max, Criterion) 
Bāhubali: The Beginning (2015) (Netflix) 
Beau Travail (Criterion) 
The Big Lebowski (rental Apple Amazon) 
A Brighter Summer Day (Criterion) 
Chungking Express (Criterion) 
Cluny Brown (Criterion)
Come and See (Klimov) 
Cutter's Way (rental Apple Amazon) 
A Day In The Country aka Partie de campagne (HBO Max, Criterion) 
Design For Living (TCM) 
Germany Year Zero (HBO Max, Criterion) 
The Hitch-Hiker (Amazon, Kanopy) 
In Bruges (rental Apple Amazon) 
Intentions Of Murder (Criterion) 
Journey To Italy (HBO Max, Criterion, Kanopy) 
Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India (Netflix)
Lipstick (Apple rental) 
Lola Montes (HBO Max, Criterion) 
The Long Goodbye (Altman)
La Maman et al Putain 
The Marquise of O (Apple rental) 
Mary and Max (Criterion)
Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974) (Criterion)
The Night Porter (HBO Max, Criterion) 
Los Olvidados 
Only Angels Have Wings (rental Apple Amazon)
Persona (HBO Max, Criterion) 
Shaun Of The Dead (rental Apple Amazon)
Solaris (Tarkovsky) 
Stalker (Tarkovsky) 
Story Of Women (Criterion)
Such A Pretty Little Beach 
3 Women (Altman) 
Touki Bouki (HBO Max, Criterion) 
Wanda (Criterion)
A Woman Under The Influence 

Thursday, April 07, 2022

BookFilter Reading List


After Lives by Abdulrazak Gurnah 
Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful by Alan Paton 
Born A Crime Trevor Noah 
Diamonds Gold and War: The British, the Boers and the Making of SA by Martin Meredith 
A History Of South Africa by Leonard Thompson 
The Inheritors -- decades spanning nonfiction on South Africa 
I Write What I Like: Selected Writings of Stephen Biko 
Jock of the Bushveld by J. Percy FitzPatrick 
The Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham 
When The Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith 

The Covenant by James Michener *** 1/2 
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton **** 
July's People by Nadine Gordimer *** 
The Steam Pig by James McClure *** 1/2 
The Story of An African Farm by Olive Schreiner ***  


At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald 
Beeswing by Richard Thompson 
Burmese Days by George Orwell 
The Jazz Standards by Ted Gioia (second edition) 
Legacy of Violence -- history of British Empire by Pulitzer Prize winner 
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov 
Revelator by Daryl Gregory author of Spoonbenders, 1930s bootleggers in TN
Shy Mary Rodgers memoir w Jesse Green 
Sing Unburied Sing litfic 
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka 
Touba: And The Meaning Of The Night by Shahrnush Parispur, Iranian novelist 
Winter in Wartime by Jan terlouw YA WW II NYRB


Theater: Warholcapote play 
Lessons by Ian McEwan (a stretch) 
We Traveled: Essays and Poems by david hare (who has new play out) 
Loud Mouse picture book by Idina Menzel 
Wild Things Are Happening: The Art Of Maurice Sendak 
Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe 


ECO The Middle Out economic prosperity for all

HISTORY CURR VENTS -- Africa is Not A Country -- reportage 

LITFIC LGBT CUBA POC Sacrificio by Ernesto Mestre-Reed

NATURE RELIGION -- Sacred Nature by Karen Armstrong 

PARADE MYS PERIOD Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade

CLASSIC REISSUE The King Must Die and The Bull From The Sea by Mary Renault

LITFIC POC If I Survive You Jamaican author debut short stories blurb Ann Patchett 


MYS -- Marple: Twelve New Mysteries penned by modern writers 

HISTORY SPIES Wise Gals -- women who built the CIA 

LITFIC Lessons  by Ian McEwan 

LITFIC Two Nurses Smoking by david means short stories

SCIENCE MENTAL HEALTH Strangers to Ourselves by New Yorker writer Rachel Aviv


SCIENCE -- The Biggest Ideas In The Universe by Sean Carroll 

THEATER LGBT Warholcapote by Rob Roth 

****LGBT FIC Less Is Lost by Andrew Sean Greer 

ART The 12 Hour Art Expert

KIDS Odder b Katherine Applegate

MYS TRUE CRIME LGBT Leopold and Loeb Nothing But The Night

CURR VENTS CLIMATE The Petroleum Papers far right cover up of climate

HISTORY Espana a brief history by Giles Tremlett


COPYRIGHT ARTS BIZ Chokepoint Capitalism by Cory Doctorow

THEATER MOVIES Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe

SCI-FI CLASSIC Growing Up Weightless by John M Ford

SCIENCE Fen Bog and Swamp by Annie Proulx



CURR EVENTS -- What's Prison For? by Bill Keller of NYT

SCIFI The Mountain In The Sea by Ray Nayler first ocean

FAIRY TALES Nordic Fairy tales

HISTORY POC CIVIL RIGHTS waging A Good War by Pulitzer winner Thomas Ricks 


SPORTS HISORY DAVID -- Th GrandestStage history of World Series by TYler Kepner

HISTORY -- The Wolf Age Vikings v Anglo Saxons history 

SHOWBIZ SANDBOX MOVIES -- The Academy and the Award by former Acad Exec Dir Bruce Davis

THRILLER WW II CLASSIC MOVIES The Glass Pearls by Emeric Pressburger


SCI-FI MYS The Spare Man w a dash of The Thin Man

FILM TV POP CULTURE Nerd by NYT critic Maya Phillips

SCIENCE Nineteen Ways of Looking at Consciousness


THEATER MEMOIR -- Madly Deeply Alan Rickman diaries 

THEATER LITFIC Listening For Ghosts by David Rabe

THEATER DANCE Diagheliv's Empire the Ballet Russe 

THEATER MOVIES TV Muppets In Moscow history 

LITIFC The Last Chairlift by John Irving 



THEATER BIO DANCE Martha Graham bio by Neil Baldwin 

LITFIC LGBTQI TAIWAN -- Ghost Town acclaimed novel by Kevin Chen tran Derryl Sterk about gay man who leaves Taiwan for Berlin and at start of novel is coming out of jail after having killed his bf and returning home 

SCIENCE MEDICINE -- The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukerjee sic 



PARADE MYS Laws of Depravity by Eriq La Salle SERIES LAUNCH 

HISTORY INDIGENOUS WAR -- The Last Campaign -- Sherman Geronimo by Tyler Brand 



THEATER BIO Jack In The Box by Jack O'Brien 

THEATER DANCE LGBT LITFIC They're Going To Love you by Meg Howrey


MYS HISTORICAL -- PAPERBACK JACK by Loren D. Estleman -- hack pulp writer heads into paperbacks after WW II 





MYS LITFIC A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley period mys

HISTORY Empire of Ice and Stone about voyage of Karluk 

MYS DEBUT INDIA 1975 Bombay Monsoon

LGBT LITFIC At Certain Points We Touch


LITFIC BRAZIL STORIES The Looking Glass by Machado De Assis






LITFC CLIMATE The Deluge by Stephen Markley 


LITFIC The Shards by Brett Easton Ellis 





THEATER FILM -- Acting Naturally David Thomson on film performances 

THEATER GAY Up With The Sun by Thomas Mallon

HISTORY CRIME An Assassin In Utopia -- Oneida community link to assassination of President Garfield


THEATER LITFIC Playhouse by Richard Bausch mounting of King Lear in comm theater

HISTORY COMICS BIO WW II The American Way a true story 



HISTORY UK Empireland by Sathnam Sanghera -- history of UK as forged by imperialism 

MARCH 2023


MYS CLASSIC A Gentle Murderer by Dorothy Salisbury RELIGION 

FANTASY The Curator by Owen King cats scholars etc



SUPERNATURAL WESTERN Lone Women by Victor LaValle set in 1915


CURR EVENTS Women Without Kids by Rby Warrington

APRIL 2023 


4RADIO CURR EVENTS Crack Up Capitalism screw democracy



PARADE MOLLY RINGWALD MOVIES My Cousin Maria Schneider Last Tango 


MAY 2023







JUNE 2023





JULY 2023 





AUGUST 2023 




























The Age of Eisenhower bio 
Agent Running In The Field by John Le Carre 
Alec aka Scudder from maurice by William di Canzio
Amatka sci-fi female 

America and Iran: A History by John Ghazvinian  
American Comics a history by Jeremy Dauber
American Moonshot b Douglas Brinkley history of space race 

And In The End: Last Days of Beatles by Ken McNab  
And Then We Danced -- memoir history dance by New Yorker writer Henry Alford 

Angel Mage by Garth Nix fantasy 
Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson German fiction epic 1600+ pages 
The Annotated Arabian Nights
Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick boys boarding school
Aristophanes Four Plays trans Aaron Poochigian 
Arrowood -- Holmes competitor

Augustown -- Jamaican novel 
Autumn Light by Pico Iyer nonfic on Japanese culture and grief 
The Barbizon by Paulina Bren history of women's only hotel/apt 
The Battle For Beverly Hills -- history

Bearskin by James McLaughlin lit thriller
The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo 
The Beauties Chekhov short stories new trans

Beeswing by Richard Thompson 
Before The Fall -- thriller by creator of TV Fargo

Behemoth: A History of the Factory 
Being and Nothingness Sartre
The Benson Murder Case: Philo Vance #1 by SS Van Dine 
The Best Science Fiction of the Year Volume 4 (2018/19) edited Neil Clarke

The Best Short Stories of 2021 O'Henry Awards 
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer 
Big Sky thriller by Kate Atkinson 

Binstead's Safari by Rachel Ingalls author of Mrs. Caliban 2-26-2019
Bi: The Hidden Culture History and Science of Bisexuality by Julia Shaw 
Black Edge -- business nonfic hedge fund shenanigans

Black Flags Blue Waters -- history pirates US
Black Shack Alley by Jospeh Zobel Penguin reissue 
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby 
Blood Grove by Walter Mosley Easy Rawlins 
Blood Moon Cherokee nation history two rivals
The Book Of Disquiet new edition
The Book of Dragons anthology 
Boom Town by Sam Anderson history of Oklahoma City
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken litfic 2-5-2019
Boys Of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson 
The Boy With A Bird In His Chest 
A Bright Ray of darkness by Ethan Hawke 
The Brothers York by Thomas Penn 
Bryant and May Hall of Mirrors
Bryant and May: Oranges & Lemons by Christopher Fowler 
Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
The Butchering Art medicine history
The Candy House by Jennifer Egan 
Career of Evil (Robert Galbraith mys)

Central Station
Chicago by David Mamet
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir (book club fiction)
A Childhood and The Gospel Singer by Harry Crews Penguin Classics  
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen mys reissue

A Christmas Carol and other Christmas stories by Charles Dickens
City on Fire by Don Winslow 
Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s edited by Leslie S Klinger 
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr 
The Committed by Viet Than Nguyen 
The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjornsen and Moe 

The Complete Musashi Book of Five Rings by Musashi trans Alexander bennett
Conclave by Robert Harris Vatican thriller 
Confessions of the Flesh by Foucault 
The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett 
A Country Road, A Tree follow-up to Longbourne 
A Crisis Wasted by Reed Hundt Obama CURR EVENTS 4-2-2019 
The Crooked Hinge by JOhn Dickson Carr reissue Amer Mys Classics
Crying In H Mart by Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast band
Cuba by Ada Ferrer 

The Dairy Restaurant by Ben Katchor 
Darwin's Backyard science history PW PICK 9-5

Daughter Of The Pirate King (ya fantasy)
Days Without End -- gay historical fic Sebastian Barry 
D-Day Girls history of WW II by Sarah Rose 
Death Going Down (mystery) 
Death on the Aisle a Mr and Mrs North mystery 3-5-2019 THEATER 
The Deviant's War by Eric Cervini gay history of fight for rights 
The Dickens Boy by Thomas Keneally 
Dirty Pictures history of underground comics by Brian Doherty 
Dodge City (popular history)
Donald Barthelme complete short stories LoA
Drive -- nonfiction about early years of auto industry
Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The dead Polish mystical mystery by Olga Tokarczuk 
Duino Elegies by Rilke, classic trans by Vita Sackville West
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Eleanor by David Michaelis 
Elena Ferrante
Elizabeth Spencer Novels and Stories LoA
Empire of Cotton
Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche  
Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson **** Panera Parisian 
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave 
Fall or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson 
False Witness by karin Slaughter 
Farthest Field 
Faust Part One by Goethe new trans Ozsvath 
Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard new trans 
Fifth Sun: A New History Of The Aztecs 
52 AWARD Winning Titles Every Book Lover Should Read 
52 YA Books... 
The Fine Art of Murder
The First Christmas by Stephen Mitchell 
Foregone by Russell Banks 
Forget The Alamo -- by Bryan Burrough etc three Texas historians debunk the Alamo 
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah short stories
Future Home of the Living God dystopia by Louise Erdrich 
Galileo's Error by Philip Goff 
Garner's Quotations by Dwight Garner 
A Gentleman In Moscow -- lit fic
George Michael: A Life by James Gavin 
The Gilded Razor
The Girl at the Baggage Claim (social commentary East-West) 
The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel author of Station Eleven 
The Glorious American Essay edited by Phillip Lopate 
Gods of the Upper air by Charles King SCIENCE HISTORY Frank Boas margaret Mead 
Golden Age Of Detective Stories edited by Otto Penzler  
Gone To The Woods by Gary Paulsen 
The Good Daughter Karin Slaughter 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Green by Sam Graham-Felsen
The Green New Deal and Future Of Work
Hallelujah Anyway Anne Lamott -- 4-4
The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood
Here Comes The Sun -- fic debut
Heroes Of The Frontier by Dave Eggers  
A High Five For Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner QUEER SPORTS MIDDLE GRADE 
H is for Hawk
The History Of Jazz by Ted Gioia 
History Of Violence by Eduard louis
Holding by Graham Norton
Home By Nightfall Mys London period
Home sweet Homicide by Craig Rice mys reissue 
House Of Names by Colm Toibin
How Do You Live by Genzaburo Yoshino Jap YA inspired Miyazaki 
How To Survive A Plague 
How To Survive A Summer (gay conversion camp)
Huck out West -- by Robert Coover
I'll Have What She's Having -- Nora Ephron rom-com 
The Impeachers history of Andrew Johnson impeachment by Brenda Wineapple 
The Impossible Art: Adventures In Opera by Matthew Aucoin
Indecent Advances by James Polchin history of queer sex crimes before Stonewall 

Indigo by Padgett Powell collected nonfic 
Infomocracy (not on Kindle) 

The Inheritors -- decades spanning nonfiction on South Africa
In West Mills by De-shawn Charles Winslow litfic black community 1940s-80s 
I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom 
Jack by Marilynne Robinson 
The Japanese Lover by Isabelle Allende
The Jazz Standards by Ted Gioia (second edition) 
Jean Stafford complete stories 
Jim Hanvey, Detective by Octavus Roy Cohen REISSUE MYS CLASSIC
Joe Gould's Teeth 

Junk Science and the Criminal Justice System 
K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner  

Katharine Of Aragon -- Alison Weir fiction
Killer Come back To me: The Mysteries Of Ray Bradbury 
The Kingdom Of Sand by Andrew Holleran 
Lapvona by Otesa Moshfegh  
Last Best Hope America in Crisis and Renewal by George Packer 
The Last Great Road Bum by Hector Tobar 
Last Stories by William Trevor 

Last Witnesses kid oral history by Svetlana Alexievich 
Leading Men by Christopher Castellani fic on Tennessee Williams and lover 
Legacy of Violence -- history of British Empire by Pulitzer Prize winner
The Lehman Trilogy by Stefano Massini novel in verse 
The Lessons of Ubuntu nonfic on race 

Liarmouth by John Waters 
Lie With Me gay french novel trans by Molly Ringwald 
The Little Grey Men Go Down The Bright Stream by BB NYRB
A Little Life
Little Snow Landscape by Robert Walser 
The Long-Legged Fly by James Sallis mys classic reissue introing Lew Griffin 
Lost and Gone Forever Alex Grecian mystery
The Lost Art of Scripture by karen Armstrong FAITH
The Lost Boys by 4-2-2019 famous psychological experiment in 1950s
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Love and Youth by Ivan Turgenev 
Loving, Caught, Back all by Henry Green reissue NYRB
Loyalty by Avi *****  
The Magician by Colm Toibin (book about Thomas Mann) 
Major Labels by Kalefa Sanneh -- history of music by genre New Yorker guy 
Manhattan Beach by jennifer egan
The Man Who Spoke Snakish
Mapp Lucia reissues Worshipful and Queen and Lucia
The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
Melmoth by Sarah perry author of Essex Serpent
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
Middle England by Jonathan Coe
The Mirror Thief
Mister Monkey -- fiction/theater 
Moon Witch Spider King by Marlon James 
Motley Stones by Adalbert Stifter novellas NYRB
Mrs. Engels
Music Is History by Questlove 
My German Brother by Chico Barques, Brazilian pop star
My Old Kentucky Home by Emily Bingham 
My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Mysterious Bookshop Presents Best Mystery Stories of 2021 edited by Lee Child
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah new Poirot
Nancy Mitford The Pursuit Of Love and Love in A Cold Climate 
New Yorkers by Craig Taylor 
Nietzsche by Stefan Zweig 
Night Boat To tangiers 
Ninefox Gambit (not on Kindle)
Nine Lives new Mys series Wendy Corsi Staub
The Nix
Nobody does It Better oral history of james Bond by Edward Gross Mark A Altman
Noir by Christopher Moore
Notes From A Dead House by Dostoevsky trans Pevear/Volo  
The Novel of Ferrara by Giorgio Bassani (six volume epic)
Number one Chinese Restaurant lit fic
An Ocean Without A Shore by SCOTT SPENCER 
Octavia Butler Kindred, Fledgling Stores LOA  
The Odyssey by Emily Wilson trans 

O. Henry 101 Stories LoA
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpal 
The Old Man in The Corner: The teahouse Detective vol 1 mys by baroness Orczy reissue 
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout 
On Democracy by EB White 5-7-2019 reissue 
On Streisand by Ethan Mordden 
Other Worlds by Teffi, folk tales etc  NYRB
Our Man by george Packer bio of Richard Holbrooke politico 5-7-2019 

The Paper Menagerie
Passing by Nella Larsen
Patriot Number One -- bio/curr events Chinese activist
Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories 
The Penguin Book Of The Modern American Short Story edited by John Freeman 
Persians history 
The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre history of Myers-Briggs 
Phase Six by Jim Shepard -- pandemic 
Pirate Utopia sci-fi fantasy by Bruce Sterling
The Plague by Camus new trans
The Plague Court Murders by John Dickson carr reissue OTTO PENZLER 
Posthumous Memoirs Of Bras Cubas 
Powers and Thrones history of Middle Ages by Dan Jones
A Previous Life by Edmund White
Probable Impossibilities by Alan Lightman 
The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan by Stuart Palmer mys reissue
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby two ex-cons tracking down the killers of their sons, who were married. 
Rebellion by Joseph Roth 
The Red Lamp by mary Rinehart mys reissue
Red Milk by Sjon 
Religion and the Rise Of Capitalism by Benjamin M Friedman 
Renoir's Dancer history
Requiem for the American Dream -- Noam Chomsky
The Return of The Pharaoh by Nicholas Meyer (7% Solution) Dr watson memoir 
Revelator by Daryl Gregory author of Spoonbenders, 1930s bootleggers in TN
Richard Nixon bio John Farrell
Ridgeline by Michael Punke author of The Revenant 
Rilke in Paris trans in English
Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay LITFIC PENGUIN CLASSIC LGBT BLACK
Room To Dream David Lynch
Run Towards The Danger by Sarah Polley essays on life and fallible memory 
The Sacred Hunt Duology 
A Saint From Texas by Edmund White
Samak The Ayyar persian classic a la Robin Hood, King Arthur by Freydoon Rassouli 
Sand by Wolfgang Herrndorf NYRB
The Science of Middle Earth 
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel 
The Season Social History of Debutante by Kristen Richardson
Secondhand Time
The selected stories of guy de maupassant 
Seven Samurai Swept Away In A River
Shark Drunk -- two guys true story catch shark, makes em drunk!
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
The Ship of Dreams Titanic by Gareth Russell
Shoot For The Moon by James Donovan nonfic space race Apollo 11
Shy by Mary Rodgers 
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse 
Silver Sword and Stone -- a lens on Latin America by historian marie Arana
Singular Sensation by Michael Riedel Sunset Blvd to The Lion King 
Sing Unburied Sing litfic 
The 6:41 To Paris
Sleeping Giants (not on Kindle)
The Soul Of An Octopus
Speak No Evil litfic by Iweala
The Spirit Photographer his fic 
A Sportsmans Notebook by Ivan Turgenev
Spring by Ali Smith litfic third in quartet 
Squeezed current events economics  
Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen 
Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman nonfic NYRB
The Stone Face NYRB
The Stone Reader NYT philosophy column
Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock foreward Michael Chabon
The Stranger In The Woods -- RS reporter on hermit

Strangers In Their Own Land -- nonfic look at American right on ground level
Substitute -- Nicholson Baker memoir sub teacher 
Suffrage by Ellen Carol DuBois -- HISTORY fight for the vote
A Summer With Montaigne essays by Antoine Compagnon 

Superior: The Return Of Race Science by Angela Saini science cur events 5-21-2019 
A Swim In A Pond In The Rain by George Saunders 
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka 
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski Polish teens
Swing Time Zadie Smith
The Sympathizer
Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari kids author
Tell Them Of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Enard

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson 
That Old Country Music by Kevin Barry short stories 
That Thin Wild Mercury Sound by Daryl Sanders making of Blonde on Blonde
There There -- litfic urban Native Americans
Thirteen Ways Of Looking 
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar FANTASY 
This Storm by James Ellroy 
Thrice The Brinded cat Hath Mewed new flavia de luce
The Tide -- popular science on tides
This Is Why They Hate Us LGBT YA 
To Fight Against This Age --fascism essays

Tomorrow's Kin  sci-fi alien first contact
Too Like The Lightning
Topeka School 
The True History of the First Mrs. Meredith by Diane Johnson NYRB
Truly Madly Vivien Leigh and Olivier romance bio THEATER
Twelve Kings (fantasy)  
Twenty Years After by Dumas new trans of Three Musketeers by Lawrence Ellsworth  
The Twilight World by Werner Herzog 
Valley Of Genius Silicon Valley by Adam Fisher history tech
Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
A Very Irish Christmas Toibin, Yeats etc
Victorian Fairy Tales edited by Michael Newton
The Viral Underclass 
Virginia Hamilton Five Novels (but also read MC Higgins The Great) LoA
Vision Quest (ya)
Walking With Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne 
Weather by Jenny Offill LITFIC NYT PICK AUTHOR read Dept of Speculation 
We'll Always Have Casablanca (pop culture)
We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It Irish memoir 3-5-2019
When Einstein Walked With Godel science essays by Jim Holt 
When Two Feathers Fell From The Sky by Maragret Verble  
When We cease To Understand The World NYRB 
Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri 
Where The Crawdads Sing litfic
Why Superman Doesnt Take Over The World -- using comics to explain economic ideas 
The White Ghost by James R Benn WW II Mys
Willodeen by Katherine Applegate 
Winter -- Ali Smith
Winter in Wartime by Jan terlouw YA WW II NYRB
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X)
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands -- autobio of nurse
Yes Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage (film rights) LGBT
Young Mungo by author of Shuggie Brain Douglas Stuarty 
Young Radicals -- nonfic about six radicals prior to WW I
The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford
Yvgeny Onegin -- new trans of Pushkin