1. Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds’ Gene Clark, by John Einarson. I loved this book though partly for idiosyncratic reasons. Failed creative wonders make for memorable stories plus of course I saw Clark perform many times. There are many ways to kill yourself and this book outlines one of them.
2. Alvin Rabushka, Taxation in Colonial America. I’m not actually reading it, it’s just sitting here, intimidating me with its length. It looks very good but you’re reading a blogger long fixated upon Gene Clark.
3. Irish Food & Cooking, by Biddy White Lennon [a great name to write a book like this, no?] and Georgina Campbell. Don’t laugh, this book is a revelation. It’s selling on Amazon for $49.95 and in the front of my Borders for $5.99. If you need to start taking Irish cooking seriously, this is step #1.
4. Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations, by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel. This is a very good summary of what is known about corruption.