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Amanda Palmer is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and performance artist who was the lead vocalist, pianist, and lyricist of the duo The Dresden Dolls.
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How Music Works
David Byrne - 2012-09-12 (first published in 2014)
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Explore the world of music with David Byrne's comprehensive guide, updated with a new chapter on digital curation. Drawing on his extensive career and collaborations with Talking Heads and Brian Eno, Byrne delves into the key influences that shape music, from acoustics to social and technological factors. Discover the power of music to shape our experiences and learn more about how songs, symphonies, and rhythms inspire us all. With every chapter, Byrne reveals exciting new insights into the liberating qualities of music.
Amanda Palmer
@toast_mmmm i’ve read it!! amazing book.      source
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The Holy or the Broken
Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"
Alan Light - 2012-12-04
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Explore the fascinating journey of the rock song "Hallelujah" with The Holy or the Broken. From obscurity to international anthem, discover how this heartrending masterpiece by Leonard Cohen became a symbol of human triumph and tragedy. With insightful journalism, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes you on an improbable journey straight to the heart of popular culture.
Amanda Palmer
and while we're's a book about ONE SONG, and yes, it's really good. and i'm in it. but i'm not saying it's good because i'm in it. i'm saying it because alan light is a great writer.      source
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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl - 2006-06-01 (first published in 1959)
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Discover how to find meaning in suffering and move forward with renewed purpose by exploring the riveting memoir of a psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps. In this influential book, based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, the author argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it and find meaning in it through his theory of logotherapy. This book is a must-read for anyone searching for significance in the act of living.
Amanda Palmer
@jennynirmala that book also changed my life.      source
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Your Own Kind of Girl
Clare Bowditch - 2019-10-28
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"Your Own Kind of Girl" is a touching memoir by a beloved Australian artist about her struggles with grief, anxiety, and the pressure to be thin and beautiful. Through candid storytelling, she shares her journey towards true power and happiness, inspiring readers to take charge of their own inner critic. This heartbreaking, wise, and playful memoir is a reminder that victory is closer than it seems on the darkest of nights.
Amanda Palmer
i’m also just about to send a post to all patrons with a free excerpt from clare’s incredible memoir “your own kind of girl”. if you’ve ever battled anxiety, self-image darkness, eat disorder stuff, loss of a sibling or just general fraud police’ll love her book.      source
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
A Novel
Neil Gaiman - 2014-06-03 (first published in 2013)
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A man returns to his childhood home for a funeral and is drawn to the farm where he met Lettie Hempstock, a remarkable girl, and her family when he was seven years old. Memories come flooding back, revealing a past too strange and frightening for anyone, let alone a small boy. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a groundbreaking work that showcases the power of storytelling to reveal and shelter us from darkness. This poignant tale, told with rare understanding of what makes us human, is both delicate and menacing. With bonus features such as a meet with the author, a reading group guide, and an interview, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a captivating story.
Amanda Palmer
@nehedar my favorite book of @neilhimself’s is the ocean at the end of the land. he will have to speak for himself on the song. i’d imagine he’d say “the bed song” but sometimes he surprises me.      source
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A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)
Hermann Hesse - 1999-01-01 (first published in 1927)
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Discover a mesmerizing self-portrait of a man who grapples with his half-human, half-wolf identity in Steppenwolf. This Faustian tale delves into profound themes of self-examination and the hypocrisy of society. Explore Hesse's searching mind and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells the story of a middle-aged misanthrope's humanization. Experience a poetic and magical journey that has been both misunderstood and celebrated as a masterpiece.
Amanda Palmer
Siddhartha changed my life. i named my first cat govinda when i was 15 because of that damn book. steppenwolf changed me more, though. there is nothing in the world like that book, nothing.      source
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Hermann Hesse - 1981-12-01 (first published in 1922)
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Experience an unforgettable journey through a wealthy Indian Brahmin's search for spiritual fulfillment in this timeless classic by Herman Hesse. With a synthesis of Eastern religions, Western individualism, and Jungian archetypes, Siddhartha takes readers on a transformative exploration of the meaning of life.
Amanda Palmer
Siddhartha changed my life. i named my first cat govinda when i was 15 because of that damn book. steppenwolf changed me more, though. there is nothing in the world like that book, nothing.      source
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Why We Sleep
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
Matthew Walker - 2017-10-03
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Discover the power and purpose of slumber with this international sensation of a book. Sleep expert Matthew Walker examines every aspect of our physical and mental well-being, from learning and mood to regulating hormones and preventing diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes. In this “compelling and utterly convincing” read, Walker explains how to improve our lives by harnessing the benefits of sleep.
Amanda Palmer
p.p.s. here’s the source of this figure, this book is absolutely magnificent and will totally change your understanding of and relationship to sleep (and other substances):      source
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The Recovering
Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Leslie Jamison - 2018-04-03
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Explore the complex world of addiction and recovery with this captivating blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage. Leslie Jamison delves deep into the stories we tell about addiction and examines the failings of these narratives. Along the way, she provides insight into the complicated history of recovery and the role that race and class play in our understanding of addiction. With unflinching honesty, Jamison shares her own struggles with dependence and offers a poignant meditation on the search for connection and love that defines the human experience.
Amanda Palmer
“And did you get what / you wanted from this life, even so ... And what did you want? / To call myself beloved, to feel myself / beloved on theearth” -Raymond Carver, as quoted by @lsjamison in her stunning book The Recovering      source
The Gift by Lewis Hyde
Death by Neil Gaiman