Somehow, the end of the summer completely got away from me. I can't really say where all my time went, but
I was so busy that I didn't even notice it slip away. Sure, I spent some time reading, but that only accounts for a small amount of time. Regardless, I'm back an focused.
Since I can attest for the time I spent reading, here's a round-up of the remainder of my summer reading. The theme this season was memoir, it just kind of happened that way.
Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg: Nobody appreciates pop culture more than Simon Pegg. Throughout his memoir he is nothing short of ecstatic as he tells how science fiction influenced his life. Therefore, when he became involved in making science fiction, he hit the jackpot. His book is the tale of a young sci-fi fan who grew into a really big sci-fi fan. It's sweet in its enthusiasm and a great opportunity to get acquainted with the actor. Admittedly, the references in the book are easier to understand if you have seen his movies (which you should anyway).
Role Models by John Waters: In this book, the iconic film maker interviews the people he considers his role models (as you may have gleaned from the title). After reading it, I feel like I now know more, not only about John Waters, but about the world. His interviews range from celebrities like Johnny Mathis to the infamous to the unknown. It's exactly what you would expect from John Waters. Each chapter is devoted to a different person, however the focus may shift from the individual to related facts. Honestly, it's nothing short of amazing the amount of information about underground groups and fetishes. And you can almost see his smirk as he shares what he knows.
Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran by Andy Taylor: This book almost made me stop liking Duran Duran. It's probably one of the few books I wish I hadn't read. There's nothing wrong with it perse; it's written well enough, it tells of the rise and fall (and rise again) of one of the 80s most successful bands. And I'm not so big a fan of the band that tarnishing their image would upset me. There's just nothing likeable about the people in the book. Duran Duran weren't a hard-working band playing through the music scene, they were the house band at Birmingham's Rum Runner night club. And it seems they always felt a sense of entitlement. Through the ups and downs of the band's career, the member just make it nearly impossible to root for the band.
Bossypants by Tina Fey: Unlike the Duran Duran book, this one actually made more interested in the subject. I've never been a big fan of Saturday Night Live or the sitcoms on NBC, but I do like Tina Fey. And I figured that her book would be light and funny, which I needed. And it was. Self-deprecating, and self-aware, reading her book is almost like sitting with a friend at a bar. She he is honest and hilarious. Like Simon Pegg, she can hardly believe the success she's achieved, and there is something about it that attitude that makes her even more likeable.
And now, I'm ready for some fiction.