Friday, June 26, 2009

Required Reading: Death. Zombies & Found Things

Here are the reading recommendations from today's radio show.

The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End by Harold Schechter
Basically, Schechter's book contains everything you ever wanted to know about death but were afraid to ask. A fascinating document into a subject people would rather not talk about but are best served to know about for when the time comes. It's easy to pick up and put down because entries are organized encyclopedia style - so you can skip around too. And just imagine the looks you'll get on the beach or at the pool when you kick back with The Whole Death Catalog.

Zombie Holocaust by David Flint
At this point I think we can all agree that it's no longer an "if" scenario, but a "when will the dead rise from their graves and begin fasting on the flesh of the living." So isn't it best to prepare by reading as much about our future predators as possible? Flint's book takes a look at how the walking dead devoured pop culture like they were fresh brains - it covers the span from the first appearance of real zombies documented in the early 20th century (yes, they really do exist), up through the hunger-driven hordes we see on in the movies almost all the time.

Requiem for a Paper Bag: Celebrities and Civilians Tell Stories of the Best Lost, Tossed, and Found Items from Around the World by Davy Rothbart (editor)
FOUND's mastermind takes a different approach for this new endeavor. Here he has his famous friends and fans tell their stories about their best finds. Includes Seth Rogen, Miranda July, Sarah Vowell, David Simon, Patton Oswalt, Dave Eggers, Tom Robbins, Chuck D, Andy Samberg, and more.

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