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Friday open thread: Books about things you love

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It’s Friday again, which means it’s open thread time again! How was your week? Mine was a hot mess but that’s just how my work is going now and will be until probably February, so. Anyway, one cool thing that I can talk about is that I finished a book. Well, finishing a book itself isn’t that cool, I do that pretty regularly, but this was a book that was very near and dear to my heart.

The book is called The Strangest Tribe, and it’s all about the Seattle music scene in the 1980’s and how it led up to the whole grunge thing of the early 90’s. As a person who grew up in Seattle in the 80’s and 90’s, and who went to a ton of shows in that era, I tired of the grunge thing suuuuuuuper fast, and reading this book was a good reminder that grunge was the outlier in Seattle itself for most of that time - before Nirvana and Pearl Jam blew up, the Seattle music scene could literally be traced back to two or three houses where like 20 musicians lived and played shows with and for their friends.

Anyway, it was a really interesting read, in no small part for the dopamine rush of I WAS AT THAT SHOW and I KNOW THAT PERSON that happens when you’re reading something about which you are intimately familiar. But even apart from that, it’s a really good read about the development of a music scene, and whether you’re from Seattle or not it’s fun to read about how things like that develop.

If you’re a big reader, have you ever read anything like that - a book that chronicles a big part of your life in one way or another? On a more general level, read any good books lately? What’s your favorite genre of book? Do you ever read classics, or do you stick to more contemporary stuff?

Let’s talk about reading! And about anything else, because it’s your Friday open thread.