Drive Byes: Chris LeRoy FIVE BOOKS I Need to Return to Smiley Library

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FIVE BOOKS I Need to Return to Smiley Library (before I am tossed in the pokey)

  1. LIFE ITSELF: Roger Ebert- A memoir that catches his indomitable spirit
  2. THE CROWS WERE LAUGHING IN THEIR TREES: Peter Connors – Dense prose poetry teaming with human animals.  Connected to many of my new songs.
  3. THE SHADOW OF A GREAT ROCK-A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible: Harold Bloom- He is stuffy but we agree on the monumental poetry therein… always my best source material.
  4. WHY JAZZ: Kevin Whitehead- The Elements of Style of Jazz primers. Asks all the best questions like, ‘What’s important about Thelonious Monk?’ You could spend the rest of your life answering.
  5. THE BELLS: Iris Murdoch- I forgot I have this because I give my copies away. Lives by the Yeats’ tenet ‘Wisdom is a butterfly and not a gloomy bird of prey.’ Dora’s wild, unfulfilled wandering is much like art itself.

—Chris LeRoy

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