Showing posts from October, 2012

Duranalysis Book Report: “In the Pleasure Groove” versus “Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran”

John Taylor’s memoir, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran, hit US bookstores this week. It’s a good read—John’s a thoughtful and witty fellow—but how does it compare to the other Duran memoir of note, erstwhile DD guitarist Andy Taylor’s Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran?
To state the obvious, John and Andy are two very different people, and thus they’ve written two very different books. If sensitive, introspective John is Duran’s Marcel Proust*, then cheeky, rough-and-tumble Andy is its Irvine Welsh. John’s book is controlled and contained, written to expose some of his personal demons—drugs, girls, the perils of mega-celebrity, the deaths of his parents—while conscientiously refraining from splashing mud on his nearest and dearest. I attended a discussion John held about his book earlier this week (he’s lovely and charming in person, by the way), in which he stated that, as his life in Duran Duran is going quite well at the moment, he felt no need to throw anyone un…

Possibly the best reply from an author ever...

While putting together an inventory of our dad's books, my sister came across this fantastic letter from legendary hardboiled mystery-crime novelist John D. MacDonald, author of seventy-eight books, including the Travis McGee series. This was written in August of 1967, when our dad was an Army draftee stationed at Edgewood Arsenal, and was sent in response to a mash note that dad, a lifelong MacDonald aficionado, had mailed to him. It's worth a read:

"I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity." -- Diana Vreeland

Here are some photos of the lovely and fabulous Nick Rhodes working diligently to show off all his best angles simultaneously: