Wilco: Learning How to Die

Wilco: Learning How to Die

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the band, Wilco.  Within the past year I’ve be turned on to Uncle Tupelo, the band Jeff Tweedy was in before Wilco.  After listening to Uncle Tupelo non-stop I became interested in the break up of the band.  Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy are both amazing songwriters and it saddens me to know that I’ll never be able to see this band live.  I just finished this book, “Wilco: Learning How to Die” and it was absolutely fascinating.  It takes you all the way back to the late 1980’s and the good ol’ Tupelo days through “A Ghost is Born”.  Greg Kot is a very articulate writer and I enjoyed his precision of the English language as he displayed with each and every word.   If you’re a Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt or Wilco fan, you must read this book.

With the Old Breed

I just finished this fascinating memoir on WWII.  It takes you through some of the toughest battles in the Pacific Theater, Peleliu and Okinawa.  Like most of the books I’ve read, it was handed down from my father.

“A classic…in all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic, or moving memoir. This is the real deal, the real war: unvarnished, brutal, without a shred of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primer on what it actually was like to be in that war.”

I highly recommend reading this book.  It will put you in the shoes of the brave soldiers that fought for our freedom.  It’s truly a remarkable piece of WWII history.

Nook Review

The Crook

The Crook

After waiting months to get the new e-reader from barnes and noble, I finally got my nook today.  As you can probably guess by the picture to the left, it’s a joke. For anybody reading who likes gadgets, the new e-readers might appeal to you.  I did some pretty thorough research before buying this found good reviews for the most part.  Did I mention, these reviews were before it actually came out?  When I opened the package tonight, I was really excited.  Since I pre-ordered it, I was one of the first people to try it out.  I opened the box and it was packaged very nicely.  It reminded me of an iPhone or an iPod with sleek graphics and stylish packing.  The first thing I noticed was that it is pretty heavy.  I would consider it heavy enough to not want to hold it with one hand while reading.  I thought, “I can deal with that, this thing looks so awesome!”  Once I charged it and turned it on, I honestly thought I had a defect.  The page flickers whenever you change pages. It’s like an annoying website that reloads the entire page on every click.  It probably takes 2 seconds between slides which is enough to send me over the edge.  I must say that the e-ink display is very nice, that is, until you flip the page or browse the menu.    I live in downtown Columbia, SC and have 3g service on my phone.  I should add that I have one bar of service on the nook and was able to browse the store, but when I tried to purchase something (even on wireless) it gave me an error and said try again.  After the 5th try, I gave up.  I boxed it up as quick as I opened it and tomorrow it will head back to barnes and noble.  I’m sorry if this seems like a rant but I just wanted to warn you guys in case you (or somebody you know) was planning to buy one for the holidays.  I think the e-readers might need another year…

A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War - Philip Caputo

A Rumor of War - Philip Caputo

Recently I just finished reading a great book on the Vietnam war.  Going into this book, I had little knowledge of the war, especially through a soldier’s eyes.  This read was very educational and extremely hard to put down.  I found myself wanting to “get back in the bush” anytime I had a free moment.

About the book:

Philip Caputo was from a small farm town in the mid-west somewhere and when he got out of school, he decided to enlist in the marine corps.  He went to officer training school and soon after, he was shipped to the “Splendid Little War” aka Vietnam.  He was in one of the first battalions to show up.   The experiences he shares are so vivid that you feel like you’re  right beside him.  Not only does he describe his time in the war, he describes his thoughts.  He invites you into his mind.  His intense writing  shattered my misconceptions of being a soldier during wartime.   To say this book is a good read would be an understatement.  I highly recommend this to all.