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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 - 2017-05-02 (first published in 2012)
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*Updated with a new chapter on digital curation* How Music Works is David Byrne's incisive and enthusiastic look at the musical art form, from its very inceptions to the influences that shape it, whether acoustical, economic, social or technological. Utilizing his incomparable career and inspired collaborations with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and ma...
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 - 2013-11-19 (first published in 2012)
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Praised as “brilliantly revelatory…a masterful work of critical journalism” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), The Holy or the Broken is the fascinating account of one of the most-performed rock songs in history—Leonard Cohen’s heartrending “Hallelujah.”How did one obscure song become an international anthem for human triumph and tragedy, a song eac...
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 1946)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Amanda Palmer
@jennynirmala that book also changed my life.      source
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Your Own Kind of Girl
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"This is the story I promised myself, aged twenty-one, that I would one day be brave enough - and well enough - to write." Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'rea...
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 middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a...
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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Hermann Hesse - 2020-01-09 (first published in 1922)
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Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of...
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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A Novel (Picador Modern Classics)
Hermann Hesse - 2015-11-03 (first published in 1927)
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Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. This Faust-like and magical story is evidence of Hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. Yet this novel can also be seen as a plea for rigorous self-examination and ...
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 - 2018-06-19 (first published in 2017)
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“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and po...
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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 - 2019-01-15 (first published in 2018)
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With its deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, The Recovering turns our understanding of the traditional addiction narrative on its head, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Leslie Jamison deftly excavates the stories we tel...
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
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Neil Gaiman - 2014-03-25 (first published in 2012)
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From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman's THE SANDMAN comes fan-favorite character Death in a collection of her solo adventures! The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that da...