Here’s the plan. I’m reading Keith Richards’s memoir Life, which is stark and startling and often hilarious, filled with the typical lessons for anyone who wants to become an expert at some skill—in his case, spending countless hours with his guitar, not parting with it even during sleep, listening and studying and feeling the music. You have to slog through passages here and there, but mostly it’s captivating, and I know very little about the Rolling Stones. I want to follow that up by reading another biography, Frank: The Voice, by James Kaplan. I’m curious about any connections I’ll find. I’ve never been what you might call a thematic reader like this—not even reading the same author back to back but meandering from one volume to another—but that’s what I seem to be doing lately. (Does anybody even need to ask Frank who?)
My reflections on writing, reading, and random thoughts.