Quote of the Day: Sasha Frere-Jones on the Hives and Maroon 5

The following quote is from The New Yorker of 8 October 2007:

Maroon 5 is an earnest American band that plays catchy white soul, a bit like Hall and Oates with a heavy Stevie Wonder fixation . . . The Hives are five Swedish guys who wear identical white-and-black suits and play an intensely playful brand of garage rock . . . At a show in New York several years ago, the singer, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, climbed up into the balcony, ran through the crowd to the other side of the stage, and then climbed back down. Maroon 5’s lead singer, Adam Levine, is better known for dating models and generally stays near his microphone stand. There is no overlap between the two bands, except that they are both sneakily good at what they do. It is hard to imagine that, when the bands play Madison Square Garden on Oct. 10, Maroon 5’s fans will accept the Hives’ high-concept revivalism, but it will be fascinating to watch it — or something else — happen.

NYTBR 23 September 2007

Sunday evening. Self is awaiting Ebert & Roeper and wonders who will be this week’s Ebert stand-in. It was a bee-yoo-tee-ful day in San Francisco. Self got to spend some time in cute red mini-Cooper w/ navigational aid that talked. Self is so impressed, can’t wait to purchase similar for hubby.

Tackling the New York Times Book Review of Sept. 23. Self notices that print has become teensy-weensy and, in apparent effort to update style, title of the book being reviewed no longer appears at the top of the page. Instead, it now appears buried in the middle of the review, as if the real point isn’t the book, it’s the essay.

Anyhoo, without further ado, here are the books self is interested in reading after perusing the Sept. 23 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

(1) After reading Daniel Handler’s review of Jim Shepard’s Like You’d Understand, Anyway: Stories :

Nina Lugovskaya’s Diary of a Soviet Schoolgirl<;
Daniel Gerould’s Guillotine: Its Legacy and Lore
Jim Shepard’s Like You’d Understand, Anyway: Stories

(2) After reading William Saletan’s review of Steven Pinker’s The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature :

two earlier books by Pinker : How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate

(3) After reading Max Frankel’s review of David Halberstam’s last book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War :

David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

(4) After reading Liesl Schillinger’s review of Nancy Horan’s first novel, Loving Frank :

Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank

(5) After reading Dale Peck’s end-paper essay, “The Outsiders : 40 Years Later” :

S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders

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