Time to dive into another five of the best new reads for this weekend. The comprehensive collection of Lou Reed‘s lyrics is contained within the pages of I’ll Be Your Mirror and Pulitzer Prize winner, Elizabeth Strout returns with Olive, Again.
How To Do Nothing is Jenny Odell’s critique of the ever-growing forces vying for your attention, we get under the hood of artificial intelligence in You Look Like a Thing and I Love You and the Dead Eyes comic series continues. Let’s check out the list.
I’ll Be Your Mirror, Olive Again, How To Do Nothing, You Look Like a Thing and I Love You and Dead Eyes are among the best new releases in the literary world.
I’ll Be Your Mirror by Lou Reed
Containing six decades of Lou Reed’s lyrical output, I’ll Be Your Mirror is the stunning volume that traverses the seminal songwriter’s career from The Velvet Underground, through his solo work and right up until his final collaboration with Metallica. See Faber & Faber for more details.
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
Olive, Again marks the return of Olive Kitteridge, as she moves into elderly life. The interrelated short stories are woven into the fabric of a coastal town in Maine and they explore the resilience of ordinary people, with poignancy and remarkable insight. More information is available at Penguin.
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
Artist and critic Jenny Odell offers a guide to slowing down, imploring us not to simply accept the capitalist paradigm of efficiency at all costs. She argues that attention is our most precious resource and should be used to find more meaningful connections with the world. Via Black Inc.
You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane
The advent of artificial intelligence is often viewed through a dystopian lens (the machines are taking over!). Scientist, engineer, and computer science commentator for the New York Times, Janelle Shane, sheds light on the AI’s growing influence with humanity and humour. More at Hachette.
Dead Eyes No. 2 by Gerry Duggan and John McCrea
Dead Eyes is an anti-hero on a mission. He thought he buried his criminal past long ago, but now he needs to tap into those outlawed skills to build up enough cash to provide for his wife’s medical costs. For more details, visit the Image Comics website.