I have mixed feelings about true crime books. If they’re good, they’re great, if they’re not they are usually incredibly hacky, sensational, and very bad. There’s not much room in between and I think either way they are sensationalist and voyeuristic.
And who wants to be called a voyeur?
Be that as it may, I did enjoy Mailer’s Executioner’s Song a great bit and if it’s done well true crime books can be as enjoyable a read as a good (fictional) crime book.
So anyway, Louis Theroux posted a list of true crime books he enjoyed and I thought that’s a good way to separate the wheat from the chaff and dig in. Some of them I’ve read before, some I remember being on the reading list of an anthropology class I wanted to take and wasn’t allowed to, and some of them just sound interesting.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd-Parry
- Savage Grace by Natalie Robinson and Steven M. L. Aronson
- My Dark Places by James Ellroy
- Fatal Vision by Joe McGinniss
- Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright
- Columbine by Dave Cullen
- Cries Unheard by Gitta Sereny
- As If by Blake Morrison
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
- Manson by Jeff Guinn
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
- Lucky by Alice Sebold
- Bully by Jim Schutze
Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
- Ten Rillington Place by Ludovic Kennedy
- A Cold Case by Philip Gourevitch
Theroux adds a short paragraph to every book writing what it’s about and what he thought of it, but to read that you gotta head over to his post.
Unfortunately, just as the disc in my neck finally squished itself back in I managed to fuck up my arm. I have no idea what happened exactly, two weeks ago my shoulders got squished together while rolling and something got hurt and my arm, right at the point where my pec connects to the shoulder. It’s been getting better day by day, which is great, but it also meant that I’ve been sitting out for about 10 days now, which is driving me a little insane.
On top of things, work has been terrible this week because of reasons and it would have been really nice to have been able to roll and get rid of the stress and tension that way. I’m sure, well, I know there are good things happening at work, as well, but unfortunately I get involved when things go bad, which means in my perspective the bad stuff is much more present than the good stuff.
So I don’t know, I guess, within reason, I need to work on my perspective a little bit.
Unrelated, but HOLY SHIT HOUSE OF CARDS!
Last week I started another one of my teeth-related adventures that are relatively far and between but if they arrive oh boy are they big ones. One of my old crowns had to be removed, I will need a crown lengthening, and then a new crown will be put on again.
As is usual with these things the imagination is a lot worse than the actual procedure (thank the gods for Novocaine!) and the removal of the crown was a lot less traumatic than I’ve expected it to be. Appointment with the surgeon next week, then appointment for the procedure, then appointment for getting a crown back on.
And to top things off I hurt my shoulder drilling last Thursday and it still hurts like a mofo and I hope that this is nothing serious and rest and Tiger Balm will make this all go away.
I think I need to add some resolutions for this year:
- get stronger
- work on cardio/conditioning
- work on grips
During the last three weeks my gas tank was so empty that I just could not go on anymore and it was a humbling and frustrating experience. It’s probably a mix of not being smart about using my energy and burning it doing unnecessary things, like pushing where I don’t need to push, pulling where holding would do, etc. and, well, not enough cardio.
I also want to work on my grip strength, because I’ve noticed that open guard and especially spider guard is burning through my grips really fast and I’m left with what feels like five sausages at the end of my hands instead of fingers.
So I started doing Tabata Circuits, some bodyweight and grip training, and hope this will pay off over the next year. This is not the first time I’m trying to work out at home and so far I haven’t had a lot of success with it. However, the difference this time is that it is actually purpose-driven, so maybe that will make a difference.