Reading Life, The Universe, and Everything, by Douglass Adams. He read it when he was a kid and just picked it up at a bookstore. It's not as funny the second time, he said. He's not laughing aloud at it, like he had the first time.
One of his favorite books is A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. He was able to connect with a singer in his band about it.
Another good book--So You Want to Be A Rock & Roll Star, by Jason Slichter, the drummer in the band Semisonic. The guitar player in his band lent it to him.
His band--The Great Unknowns.
Now days, he said regretfully, what he's been reading is mostly online--blogs about startups, venture capital.
He used to work for LibraryThing, in Maine, until he moved to San Francisco for his own startup. Along those lines, he recommends Founders at Work, by Jessica Livingston, which is a book of interviews with entrepreneurs.
Something crazy he told me about: cell phone novels. It's a genre that started in Japan. 100+ page novels written, and sent to people on little cell phone screens. The author makes money only when it becomes a print book. Now, there are copycats who, get this, try to imitate the style but at a computer keyboard. Cheating!!!
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, March 24, 2008