Of appeal to a niche audience at this point. I'm in that niche.
Many of the performers mentioned in this book were still alive when became a jazz lover and I was fortunate to get to hear them. I enjoyed the addition of context to my memories of them performing late in their careers.
On Goodreads this book seems to have elicited a somewhat ambivalent response in a number of readers, a common
criticism being that it was boring or tedious.
I did not find it so. It was for me, a read that required a number of pauses for contemplation, but I found it thoroughly enjoyable. I especially enjoyed Chapter Six, At the Identity Spa. I took some time to investigate a number of the artistic works that Busch references and found that process enjoyable as well.
Wonderful. Stories with ideas you don't just consider for a moment, but return to again and again.
What if you could remember your future? What if heaven, hell, angels and miracles are real, but reward for your faith is completely arbitrary?
If I knew this, I'd forgotten it, so I was happy to discover that the story "Story of Your Life," was the basis for the film "Arrival." Probably my favorite film of the last few years. Imagine a language that requires knowledge of the future in order to be properly contextualized.
Archiving the memories of a society that has decided real human experience is too dangerous is an interesting concept. I understand this is a book for younger folks but I would have liked to see the premise unpacked a bit more.
The idea that it's possible to ramp down or suppress human nature and still maintain the sophisticated interactions necessary for a society to survive is not a given. It's unlikely that depth of experience can be managed on a simple linear scale.
However our continuing singular reliance on rule of law does suggest that we haven't stopped trying.