1. Tom Doyle, Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s. This book actually has some fresh material, plus you realize that John and Paul were even more obsessed with each other than we used to think.
2. Francisco Goldman, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle. Further evidence that politics is often the enemy of really good books, nonetheless this is still a moderately interesting treatment.
3. Elizabeth Pisani, Indonesia, Inc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation. Lots of emphasis on the islands. Pretty good, not great.
4. Hans Ulrich Obrist, ?Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating*?, a successful Swiss attempt at being clever and punchy.
5. Carl Wilson, editor, Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste. Most of this volume concerns Céline Dion, or is that Celine Dion? Fascinating in parts, the subtitle should have been the title.
As part of an agreement with Bryan Caplan, I’ve also started an attempted reread of Catcher in the Rye, and hope to report back to you on that one…