Rolling Stone magazine writer and former Atlantan Mark Binelli recently published his first novel, Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! (Dalkey Archive). His interests extend beyond notorious Italian-American anarchists from the 1920s, however.
1) The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones -- Stanley Booth: "Most rock books suck, but this one covering the Stones' infamous 1969 tour, which ended with Altamont, is pretty amazing stuff. Booth is a major character in the book [he eventually became addicted to heroin, delaying publication until 1984], and he captures the dark side of the '60s as well as Joan Didion in The White Album."
2) Transistor Radio -- M. Ward: "Creepy, death-obsessed folk-rock album, released last year and, for some reason, not a huge hit. His voice sounds like it's been channeled by a medium. He has a new album coming out in August called Post-War, also good. But start with this."
3) La Moustache: "Probably the best movie I've seen this summer. Deeply weird French sort-of thriller, with a conceit that sounds completely ridiculous on paper: All of the Hitchcockian tension is set off by a man shaving his mustache. Somehow, this works."
4) The Lieutenant of Inishmore: "I reviewed plays when I lived in Atlanta, but now that I live in New York, ironically, I see far less theater. But the current Broadway production of this play, by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, is like an insane, over-the-top parody of every bad post-Tarantino bloodfest you can think of. I mean this as a compliment."
5) Night Moves -- Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: "Really! If you have the LP, I would particularly recommend Side One, played at night. As a native Detroiter, I sort of have to like this guy. But I will defend this choice."