Books you missed while I was busy (4) – Non-fiction
Even though I stopped my regular blogging in mid-October, I didn’t stop reading. I certainly don’t have time to go back and write reviews of all the stuff I read, but I do like to keep track and I know you need to know what I’ve been reading. So here are the last of the books I read since mid October when I stopped blogging.
|Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling
A detailed account of the way the most famous sculptor of his day ended up working in an extremely difficult medium that he didn’t consider himself an expert at. Both the Pope and Michelangelo come off as pretty petulant. The biggest takeaway of the book, for me, is the delicacy and exactitude required for fresco, which is an unforgiving medium. Also, he would have stood and bent backwards, not lay on his back on a scaffold.
|The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases
This book would have been better if it had been shorter. Capuzzo does a great job documenting the adventures of these elite profilers, but the sheer number of cases (and the ever-growing gruesomness of them) got to me after a while. There are only so many sicko serial killers I can read about before I’m ready to be done.
|Bad Signal, Volume 2
More highlights from Warren Ellis’ Bad Signal email list in the early 2000s. It’s an interesting snapshot of the mind of a good writer, watching how Ellis works through certain ideas over time and proposes notions that challenge comics industry gospel. Not for the general reader, but the Warren Ellis fan will appreciate it.
…And now you’re all caught up. We now resume regular programming.