Welcome to a new/replacement monthly off-topic post here on Rad Dishes. For those of you who’ve been following along all this time, you might have been expecting one of my “When I’m Not Cooking” posts, which served as a summary of all the pop-culture related things I was consuming each month. But as much as I love integrating elements of the things I enjoy outside of cooking, I think I need to refocus, especially as I’m about to approach this blog’s one-year anniversary.
I already provide song pairings/recommendations with my recipes, but I also like having a dedicated off-topic post because it keeps me blogging even when I’m having an undisciplined cooking month. However, I recognized it was time to do some self-editing. I would say my blurbs about books I was reading were probably the meatiest part of those monthly posts — and while concert pictures provided good art, skimming over other things I’ve done could get clunky. So here we go… onto this month’s reads, along with some of my thoughts.
Play It As It Lays (by Joan Didion) – I know a lot of people who worship at the altar of Joan Didion. I am not one of those people. But I thought I’d try this book out, which I did find very easy to read the darker subject matter and I did admire Didion’s writing style here. I recommend it, but word of warning: The characters aren’t particularly likable (but then again, how many are these days?)