After a summer hiatus, we’re back with one of our fave features: WHAT I’M READING. Visiting us with his list of reading recommendations is artist extraordinaire Denys Cowan!
By DENYS COWAN
“The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Rise and Fall of New York,” by
Robert Caro: I’ve read this book several times over the years and it continues to fascinate me …Moses was a terribly flawed genius.
“The Bully Pulpit,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin: Teddy Roosevelt vs William Taft at a pivotal time in our nation’s history.
“The Big Gold Dream,” by Chester Himes: Before my man Walter Mosley and Easy Rawlins, there was Chester Himes with Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones..
“The Big Sleep,” by Raymond Chandler. Classic L.A. noir…
“The Man with the Getaway Face: A Parker Novel,” by Richard Stark. Crime fiction pared down to the bare bones…
“Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley,” by Peter Guralnick. The birth of rock and roll.
“Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63,” by Taylor Branch.
The birth of the civil rights movement and the first part of a trilogy that includes Parting The Waters, Pillar of Fire, At Canaan’s Edge. Essential reading.