Amanda Palmer


Sage enlightenment and moody fantasy, chosen by a riveting performer.



Writer, singer, performer, and ringmistress of the "Brechtian punk cabaret" act The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer blends tongue-in-cheek theatricality and artful musical craft in her arresting stage act. Her 2008 solo record Who Killed Amanda Palmer proved a cult hit and her book of the same title -- a collaboration with photographer Kyle Cassidy that staged Palmer as an appropriately exquisite corpse -- also enlisted the prose of bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman. She shared with us three books that illuminate her unique aesthetic.


Music by The Dresden Dolls
Who Killed Amanda Palmer-- CD
Who Killed Amanda Palmer -- Book




How Proust Can Change Your Life

By Alain de Botton


"There are some writers out there, like Bill Bryson, who can write about any subject and you'll simply want to read it. It takes a great writer to write a book about Proust, his bloody boring book, his crankiness and his relationship with his mother and make it fascinating reading about the nature of life, art and existence."




Dropping Ashes On The Buddha

By Seung Sahn


"A collection of letters between a crazy buddhist teacher and his students.Every time somebody comes to me with an existential crisis or an interest in meditation, I give them a copy of this book. My mentor gave me this book before I went on a street-performance trip to Australia when I was about 21 years old, and the mind-blowing revelations and practices that sprang off its pages actually saved me from getting arrested in a Woolworth's. Long story."



Smoke and Mirrors

By Neil Gaiman


"Short stories. I've recently been delving into the collected works of Neil Gaiman (he's also cute), and this book is by far my favorite. His imaginative and disturbing concoctions lie somewhere near the planets of some of my favorite short story writers (Kurt Vonnegut, JD Salinger, Ray Bradbury), but he manages to be so bizarre that I luckily can't compare him to anything without feeling like it’s doing his work an injustice."

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous delivers a mystery novel with its finger on the hot-button issues of today's Europe.  Immigration and multicultural conflicts erupt in the Italian city of Turin, as journalist Enzo Laganà looks to restore peace to his native burg.

Papers in the Wind

In this insightful novel by Eduardo Sacheri, a young girl left destitute by the death of her soccer-playing father is uplifted by the bold schemes of her uncle, his pals, and one newbie player to the professional leagues.