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 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.