Monthly Archives: April 2011

The top 5 noncommercial White Stripes songs:

I woke up this morning feeling remorseful about the White Stripes breakup last year, so I’m devoting this afternoon to the best 2 piece band of all time(eat it Black Keys).  Instead of going with the old standards(7 Nation Army, Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground, etc.), I’m going to devote this top 5 to the best White Stripes songs to never become commercially successful, be it on radio or MTV or what have you.  So without further ado:

#5 Little Ghost- Get Behind Me Satan

This country ditty was a nice change of pace from the uber-heavy hits like Blue Orchid and Hardest Button to Button and gets just enough respect from me to earn the five spot.

#4 The Big Three Killed My Baby- The White Stripes

Young, angry with a guitar and a microphone.  Detroit in the late 90’s would’ve been the place to be to see this up and coming duo earn their way to the top.

#3 Little Cream Soda- Icky Thump

Author’s note, I had “Let’s Build a Home” from De Stilj on here originally, but it sounded too much like Black Math, and I can’t be having that.

#2 Black Math- Elephant

This is my favorite song on Elephant and righfully so, the screeching guitar solo and pairing it up with the following song on the album “There’s No Hope For You Here” makes a deadly combination.

#1 Hotel Yorba- White Blood Cells

Yeah, it may have been a single, but it didn’t receive the worldwide fanfare of Dead Leaves and later on Seven Nation Army.  If you don’t love this song, then you have no business listening to the White Stripes in the first place.

Thank you Jack and Meg.  I may never be able to buy a new album, but I have all the old ones to keep me company.


The mkdevo interview:

This shall be my first in a long going run of interviews of people within the live music scene.  Today I had the chance to interview longtime taper and all around nice guy mkdevo.  He busted out onto the scene in the past couple years as being bar-none the top videographer of Phish concerts.  His youtube vids have been a hit and he’s seen up to 100,000 hits on some of his best vids.  I’ve personally known him since 2004 when I met him as a taper at Breakfast concerts.  Also, he’s been known to be the lead vocalist for the Good Time Boys, a mainly Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band backed up by Ron Spears, Adrian Tramantano and Tim Palmeiri.  If you ever had a chance to see them play, you’d attest to the balls out rock that the Good Time Boys bring to the table.  For now though, we’re discussing taping and videotaping mainly.  Here’s a sample, one of my favorites, of his great concert vids:

Without further ado, here is the interview:

IGZ:  I’ve always known you as a longtime taper be it with the Breakfast or earlier on at Deep Banana Blackout shows, can you tell me how you got started out taping and what type of taping rigs you preferred?

MKD:  I’ve always had a thing for live music. Even going back as far as middle school – when what I was listening to was about 90% hip-hop/MTV – I’d run my TV through my stereo, and record live performances from MTV’s Spring Break onto audio cassette tapes. If I had a live version of something, it would always win out against the studio version. Even if it was something as simple as Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Horray” – the live performance just felt so much more “real” to me.

At the time, of course, I was completely oblivious to the concept of “taping”, microphones, etc.  Fast-forward to high school – I started playing drums (as in, not just in the school band), and my taste in music shifted heavily towards funk and rock/alternative. My friends and I would make frequent trips to “Exile On Main Street” – a local CD shop that specialized in those live bootleg discs I was longing for before I knew any better. The going rate was $25/disc, with double-disc sets sometimes “discounted” at $45, and I was gladly paying it. Sometimes you’d really hit the jackpot and find a show that you went to! That feeling was like striking gold. That concept was just amazing to me. There were so many concerts I’d seen that had become nothing but memories. Being able to relive those memories and listen to them whenever I wanted was just something I needed in my life.

Sometime in late 1995, I became aware of tape-trading online. This hobby suddenly became cheaper and more expensive at the same time! On one hand, no longer did I have to shell out $25 a disc at Exile, but on the other, I was now buying TONS of blank tapes, and spending a bunch of money on postage to boot. I was building a collection – an archive, if you will – of live music. It was awesome.

As great as that was, there’s no denying it was a huge pain in the ass, especially when you think of the way things are done today. Analog tape trading meant a loss in quality every time a copy was made! So in order to setup a trade with someone, not only did you have to have a show that was attractive to them, but it needed to be a low generation (one of the first couple copies) as well. As you could imagine, this is something that could be difficult for someone just getting started with a collection.

Luckily there were a lot of kind folks out there who would do B&P (Blanks & Postage) for others. All you had to do was send them a blank tapes and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and those tapes would come back to you with music on them. There were also some not-so-nice folks who would do 2-for-1 deals – a similar process, but for every 2 blanks you’d send them, they’d keep one, essentially profiting.

As I got into the hobby more, and started attending more concerts, I started thinking, “why can’t I do this myself?”. I knew that if I recorded shows myself, that would give me a bunch of “master” tapes to add to my list, which would certainly be attractive to potential traders. My dad had a handheld Panasonic cassette recorder that he would record his bass riffs on. It had a built-in mic and recorded onto regular analog tapes, and the sound wasn’t all that bad. I started taking this to shows and sneaking it in with me. Between 1996-97, I recorded a handful of shows with it – Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, to name a few.

Quality-wise, my tapes didn’t go over too well with those who received copies from me. Apparently, this wasn’t the ideal way to go about recording shows. Little did I know, the real tapers were using external microphones, and recording onto DAT (Digital Audio Tape). DAT was like a whole new world for me. Digital meant no more generation loss when making copies. People were also more concerned about documenting source info (what equipment was used to make the recording) than they were with analog (where source info was usually just AUD or SBD). I was serious about wanting to be a taper, and DAT was the next logical step for me. In November 1997, I bought a Sony D8 DAT walkman/recorder, along with an Audio-Technica AT822 basic stereo microphone. My goal was to record my first Phish show(s), and on November 26, 1997 I did just that.

I’d been in touch with a taper from New Jersey named Bryan Foley. He was super helpful. I met up with him at my first Phish show in Hartford, and he showed me the ropes of the tapers’ section. He advised that while my AT822 was an ok mic for basic/small-time recording, I wouldn’t really want to record Phish/arena shows with it. He instead suggested that I “patch” out of his rig. With a DAT recorder, one could plug into another person’s rig digitally, and get the exact same recording they were getting, with no loss of quality. Not only was this a great way to get a feel for what different microphone/pre-amp combinations sounded like, but it was also a means of leaving the show with a recording without being a full-fledged taper, and without having to wait weeks for a copy from someone in the mail.

So for the next year and a half or so, I was a “patcher” at bigger shows, while recording smaller local shows with my AT822 mic. I knew I wanted a full taping rig, so this time allowed me to get a feel for what I liked (and what I could afford). After a while, it was clear that I loved the sound of the AKG 480/ck63 hypercardioid microphones, and specifically when paired with the Graham-Patten DMIC-20 – a pre-amp and A/D (Analog to Digital) converter in one. As “affordable” as this rig was, it was still a bit out of reach for me, now a college sophomore.

Luckily, during this time period, I was involved in a CD trade with someone very local to me by the name of Matt Vallo. Matt and I had very similar tastes in music, as well as similar geek-like tendencies. We became pretty good friends, and in June of 1999, Matt and I went half on a recording rig (consisting of the AKG mics and Graham-Patten pre-amp I mentioned earlier), and the rest is history.  Countless shows were recorded with that rig between the two of us for the next 10 years or so, and the rig evolved with the times.

I “retired” from audio taping in 2009 because I wasn’t recording nearly enough anymore to justify owning a rig. I’ve thought about getting back into it with something a bit more low-key, but haven’t been ready to make that move just yet.  We’ll see…

IGZ:  Since the Hampton run in 09, which i’d like to thank you for on behalf of the thousands of us who couldn’t be there, you became somewhat of a youtube sensation to phish fans everywhere.  Where did you get the idea to video tape the entire shows and put each song on youtube?

MKD: Here’s a little-known fact: I actually don’t own a video camera!

I’d gotten into photography a bit over the past few years. Nothing crazy/serious, but I liked having cameras that were a small step above your average point and shoot. I enjoyed taking pictures for the same reason I enjoyed recording – to be able to capture moments and memories, and share them with others. At some point in 2007, I realized that my camera (a Canon PowerShot S2, at the time) took some pretty decent video, with equally decent audio provided by its built-in stereo microphones. More and more, I found myself using it to take video at concerts. I was happy with the results, and even happier to be able to relive those musical moments – now in the form of video.

An upgraded model of my camera was released in December 2008, and this model shot full 1080p HD video. Problem was, there were no plans to release this camera in the US, but I knew I had to have it, so I imported it from Japan. At that time, I already had my Phish Hampton tickets, so I knew well in advance that that camera would be rolling the minute they took the stage. I was psyched.

I didn’t have enough storage to record the entire shows, so I had to pick and choose songs. I really enjoyed recording what I did of night one, especially knowing that it was very good quality and so many people who were shut out would be able to see it crystal clear. I did figure out that nights two and three, I needed to be in the money seats – center field, if you will. I darted for those seats the next 2 nights when the doors open, and that’s when I really fell in love with videoing Phish.

IGZ:  Does it hinder your ability to enjoy the show?

MKD:  Quite the opposite, actually. I wouldn’t do it if it did. But I LOVE filming. I love knowing that these moments are being captured to relive forever. I love knowing that I’m the one doing it (granted, not the ONLY one), and I won’t ever have to search for it or wonder if it exists. I love knowing that the memory is from MY POV. And I love knowing that other people – LOTS of other people – will be able to enjoy these moments because of what I’m doing.

At Jones Beach in ’09, my buddy Ant and I went up to “center field” where I could film the whole time without being bothered. The guy next to Ant said to him at one point, “your buddy’s not having a good time, eh?”. Ant replied, “Are you kidding me? Kid’s having the time of his life right now!”.

IGZ:  That certainly sounds like Ant to me.  What are some of your favorite videos to capture be it phish or otherwise?


What a show. I was close and center. Unfortunately, I had a basketball team in front of me, and recorded almost nothing the entire night. Would have recorded Forbin’s/Mockinbird, but was doing a stub-down (ugh!). Trey started doing a goofy dance, so I figured I’d throw the arm in the air for a bit to capture it. Little did I know, I’d soon be recording the first Icculus in 10+ years. Incredible moment.

Author’s note:  this is also my favorite video as well.

My most-viewed video, and for good reason. This is a rockin’ version of First Tube, and the first few rows are going bananas. Trey is totally eating it up, and giving it right back to them. Really, really fun to watch.

Can’t possibly not mention this. This is where the whole mkdevo YouTube thing started to take off. A moment some thought would never happen. Welcome back, Phish!

I never cared all that much for NYE before I got into Phish. After seeing NYE ’97, I never wanted to spend my NYE any other way, and saw them on NYE in ’98, ’99, and ’02. I almost forgot what a fantastic time those shows were, until those minutes leading up to midnight on 12/31/10. This was also a very tough ticket for me. To me, this video signifies the good, helpful people that still exist in the community, and feeling the feeling that I forgot.

One from my early days of filming video clips at shows. Vedder sometimes comes out *before* the opening band and plays a song solo to reward the early birds in attendance. I was one of those early birds on this night, and there’s no song I would have rather heard him play. This is an incredibly beautiful song by Hunters & Collectors, and I lost it a bit when it started.

In the intro (before the video starts), Eddie introduces this as “OTOTO” (one time, one time only). First and only-time cover completely out of nowhere, and moments like this are exactly why I love doing what I do.

From the same show as above. Just a brilliant, emotional performance that I could watch over and over again. Perfect.

Another one from my “early” days. I called this as the opener, but was really more hopeful than anything. Extremely psyched when they started it. My favorite song on “In Rainbows”, and an excellent way to open a show!


IGZ:  I would imagine its hard to choose a favorite seeing as there are so many greats; thanks for narrowing it down.  Were you expecting to get upwards to 100,000 views on some of your videos and what was your reaction to the fanfare?  also have you had any particular commenters that struck you as amusing?

MKD:  I knew in Hampton that I was getting some great footage, and I was just hoping that a lot of people would be able to enjoy it. I would say the number of views is certainly more than I’d expected, and that’s awesome. Knowing that other people are enjoying what I do really keeps me motivated to keep doing it. I’ve been very enthusiastic about sharing music with others since I started audio taping/trading in the 90s, so being able to do that again is a great feeling.

I get an email every time a comment is posted on one of my videos, so I read them all. It’s a pretty good balance of praise, criticism, humor, and trolling. There’s one particular comment that has become an ongoing joke with me: “mkdevo is king of the wooks!”. Hands down the funniest comment I’ve read on one of my videos. Another funny one recently was “mkdevo=boner”. I suppose that one could go a couple different ways.

I’ve also had a few unintentionally amusing comments, like the guy who tried to tell me that my Nine Inch Nails “Wish” video was NOT shot in Mansfield, MA, or the guy the other day who dropped the little fact nugget on me that “All Along The Watchtower” was written by Jimi Hendrix. Those are always a good time. 🙂

Author’s Note:  As an avid NIN fan and Wish being my favorite song, I couldn’t leave this one out😉

IGZ:  What do we have to look forward to from you this summer be it Phish or otherwise?

MKD:  Right now, the only thing solid I’ve got is Phish Bethel, Holmdel, and Mansfield. No Superball IX for me, sadly. Other things are still shaping up. The Mars Volta & Soundgarden sounds really intriguing, and I’m definitely excited about a Foo Fighters announcement soon. We shall see.Still need to land some Bethel pavilions, btw. (winky, winky!)

Author’s note:  hook a brotha up!

IGZ:  And lastly, whats the chances of a Good Time Boys reunion?

MKD:  Not sure if this one’s for you or the blog. 😉 But it’s not gonna happen.I’ll just say that none of us had any idea that our last show would be our LAST show. But since it appears that it was, I can honestly say that I couldn’t have scripted a better show to go out on. I’m always very critical of our performances, and every aspect of that show was the BEST we ever did, so you won’t hear any complaints from me about it being the last of the Good Time Boys.

Well, that’s that.  Huge thanks to mkdevo for being patient with me and diligent with his answers.  I hope everyone who reads this gets as much enjoyment from this as we did for putting this together for you.

Top 5 Bond Girls:

Now, over the past few years, watching James Bond movies has become one of my favorite pastimes.  It also helps that Encore plays pretty much every Bond movie every year in the late spring, so after having examining the movies, I’ve compiled my list of the top 5 Bond Girls of alltime.

If you notice there are some glaring omissions of women from any 90’s or 2000’s Bond movies.  Its not that I don’t think these girls are capable of being up there, I just think the movies are lacking the flair of the original run of James Bond, so for all intents and purposes, I’ll be keeping it to Bond girls from the 60’s and 70’s.  Without further ado:

#5 Teresa diVicenzo – Diana Rigg “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

She gets bonus points as being the only woman who was worthy of marrying James Bond.  Otherwise I’d have given the five spot to Plenty O’Toole or a more modern Bond Girl(Famke Jannsen or Halle Berry).  Unfortunately she is murdered shortly after the wedding, and that is why the James Bond of today cares not for a woman’s heart but only her body, but back then you had to be a bad bitch to get James Bond to marry you.  So congrats to Diana Rigg for that.

#4 Solitaire- Jane Seymour “Live and Let Die”

Live and Let Die

Does it get much hotter than Jane Seymour in “Live and Let Die”?  Back before she was Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and hocking jewelery for Kay, she was quite a piece of ass.  Working as Kananga’s personal psychic, she lost her virginity to James Bond causing her skills to diminish and her to join up with Bond to take down Mr. Big and his crew of henchmen.

#3 Pussy Galore- Honor Blackman “Goldfinger”


Pussy, along with having the best name(outside of Plenty O’Toole) has the distinction of being the first real smart Bond girl.  She wasn’t just some piece of ass, but also an accomplished pilot and a major part of Goldfinger’s operation to steal the gold from Fort Knox.  Fortunately for her, she gets her sense along with some dick and joins forces with Bond to thwart Goldfinger’s heist.

#2 Honey Ryder- Ursula Andress “Dr. No”

Dr. No

Ursula has the distinction of being the first Bond girl, and even after 40+ years, she was arguably the hottest of them all.  It was hard not to put her in the top spot, but she didn’t have much to offer besides being a local Jamaican who knew the lay of the land and liked to collect seashells.  Still though, she belongs nearer to the top than anyone else, besides my final choice:

#1 Anya Amasova- Barbara Bach “The Spy Who Loved Me”

The Spy Who Loved Me

The total package.  Bach was hot, smart, tough, had it all.  She was a Russian KGB agent who worked sometimes with and against Bond to take down Karl Stromberg and his Atlantis undersea base.  She also survived multiple run-ins with Jaws which not many women can be lucky to say they have.  So here’s to you Barbara Bach, you are the best Bond girl, at least in my eyes.

Two from the archives:

Here’s another blast from the past.  This was at the time I was working at what will be the new home to New England Tech in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.  The guy I was working for would take us to the top floor and show us the view which went all the way to Fall River, MA.  Which is a good 45 minute drive from there, so it was a handy fact to tell people who you brought to the building for the first time:

On a clear winter day, you can see Fall River.  Not that enticing, I must say, but a fun fact to share if the event arises.  I find myself stuck in a usual position of not being paid enough to move up in status, but not wanting the responsibility of being in that position.  Its a stature I’m very common with.  Usually its worse, so I prefer the lesser of two evils.  If I had more money and responsibility it would surely be wasted, but still I have no clear goals or aspirations and that’s kind of a drag.  My capabilities and potential has never been put to proper use and it would be a shame to pass my better years without coming close to seeing it.

All I can do is win the small battles and leave it to my peers to know what is what.  There are so many personalities out there these days, its refreshing to see one that can just relax and enjoy the moment without ruining it with their own personal overbearing.  Coasting is a skill unto itself in this age of ADHD.  Most people need to keep their hands full to keep them from going insane.  It would be doing society a favor to keep your mind free and your plate clean.

Brief, I know.  I’m slowly working out the kinks of getting all these archive posts out there, so it may be a while until they all get unleashed upon you.  Have a good Easter Weekend, everyone.

They got an Awesome Sound:

stolen from ny mag.

It seems as though my music blogs have been getting the most attention, so I’m here to give the fans what they want.  Any live music fan like me can get everything they want in the confines of a Ween show.  The Kings of New Hope, PA have had a long journey to where they are today filled with highs and lows, but if you get a chance to see Ween don’t pass up the opportunity.

Their live show is a barrage of loud music where they plow through their vast catalog of tunes.  Whether it be a quick heavy number, a long jammed out psych fest or a country tune to lighten the mood, their songs are always intense capped off by the mean guitar playing of Dean Ween and the melodic singing and occasional screaming from lead singer Gene Ween.

The band has underwent many changes in the past 20 years, be it just Gene and Dean and their trusty tape machine backing them up to their modern lineup with bassist Dave Dreiwitz, drummer Claude Coleman and keyboardist Glenn McClelland, but no matter who is backing them up, they know how to pack a show.  They’re standard show is one long set roughly two plus hours long where they’ll play upwards to thirty-something songs with very little break in between to catch your breathe.  Most shows are capped off by a few song long encore where they’ll croon classics such as She Fucks Me and The Blarney Stone and an occasional cover like Motorhead’s Ace of Spades.

If you’re not familiar with their music, then starting in the studio would be right for you.  Their older albums might be offensive to the casual listener so I suggest starting with a middle era album such as Chocolate and Cheese or the Mollusk and making your way forward and backwards from there.  I must warn you that their music is not for the easily offended or weak at heart, so if either of those pertain to you, then you might as well find some Hall & Oates to listen to instead, but if you appreciate a talented band whose songs are sometimes hilarious and oftentimes lewd, then get out there and delve into the deep end of the pool.  The water might be brown, but the music is cool and refreshing.

Not too many shows lined up for this summer, but sets at the Hangout Music Festival and High Sierra are a must see if you’re at either fest.  They also have a one off show in Bend, OR, but I’m hopeful to see some Fall dates pop up at some point.  Until then there’s always live bootlegs and studio albums to keep you busy in the meantime.

Fear Not Sox Fans:

So it was a slow start to the season.  So the offense hasn’t been hitting consistently.  So the pitching hasn’t performed up to par.  So they’ve so far started the season off 6 and 11,  I can tell you one thing, they are the most talented 6 and 11 team in baseball right now.

hell come around

Now let’s look at the facts.  All 5 starting pitchers(including the quick to be hated on Daisuke and Lackey) have had quality starts in a row now; Jonathon Papelbon is 3 for 3 in save situations(still early, I know); and most important of all, no other team is running away with the division.  The Yankees are leading the AL East right now at 9 and 6.  That’s only a four game difference, which in baseball can be made up quickly.

Now, there are some downsides.  Carl Crawford is hitting .143; Youkilis and Ellsbury are hanging tough at .196, and Saltalamacchia is right in the Mendoza club with them at .194.  This won’t last forever.  Crawford and Youkilis will get their numbers up to standard.  Ellsbury somehow is leading the team in home runs.  Maybe he needs to start doing push-ups every time he hits it in the air a la Willie “Mays” Hayes, but I wouldn’t relegate him to that yet.

thank this guy

If it wasn’t for steady Jeddie, who knows where we’d be right now.  He’s worked hard in the early part of the season to earn the starting shortstop spot from another member of the under Mendoza club, Marco “Scoo Scoo” Scutaro.  Outside of Dustin Pedroia, Lowrie is the only Red Sox member batting over .300.  So what do I think the problem is so for?  I’ll tell you:

Terry Francona.  Sorry, Tito, but you need to chillax.  I’d be surprised if the Sox started the same lineup twice all season.  How do you expect players to get comfortable hitting when they don’t know if or when they are batting the next day?  It’s not only that either, although that is a big part of it too.  He has a had problem with leaving pitchers in too long when they obviously don’t have it that day.  Just as only you can prevent forest fires, only Tito can take a pitcher out when the score differential is still manageable.  Yet, in those first couple weeks, he’d let Lackey come out for that one extra inning when you knew plain as day that he didn’t have it that night.

Am I calling for him to be fired?  Obviously not, that would be a dick move to the man who coached us to two World Series titles, but he needs to slow his roll.  He’s overcoaching in the batting lineup and undercoaching in the calls to the bullpen.  Maybe if he could find a happy medium between the two, they could go from the bottom of the division back into the thick of things where this team belongs.  So did the Sox have a bad start?  Yes.  Is that going to stop them from winning the division?  No.  We’ve already seen how they stood up to the Yankees head to head, and those are the games that will matter most come August and September.  Can this team win its third World Series in 7 years?  Yes.  Are they that team yet?  Hell no.

The Not Oprah Book Club:

I’m gonna take a short respite from blogging(a day or two, nothing crazy) so that I have more time for reading.  I’ll be back like a ball of fire soon enough, including my live blog of UFC 129 this saturday night, but until then, here’s a list of books I’ve been working on lately, so you can chime in and add your two cents to the book discussion:

#1. Nothing in This Book is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are- Bob Frissell

This book will open your mind to the world around you, be it alien conspiracies, sacred geometry, or what the Egyptian pyramids were really used for.  If you’re like me and think there’s more out there to life than the daily grind then this is a must read.

#2. The Tao of Wu- RZA

For all you hardcore Wu Tang fans out there, this puts together the history of the Wu Tang Clan with a western Zen-like approach to life.  Very quick and engaging read.

#3. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs- Chuck Klosterman

All things 90’s pop culture for those who lived it.  If you like music, sports and Saved By the Bell, then this book is for you

#4 2012 The Return of Quetzelcoatl– Daniel Pinchbeck

Along the lines of Frissell’s book, this book goes into the history of Shamanism and the World unseen by the naked eye.  Also does a great job of explaining crop circles that show up around the world, especially England.

#5 The Archaic Revival- Terrence McKenna

More shamanism and discussion on examining what really happens to your mind with use of psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelic drugs.  You may start to to be seeing a theme here.

#6 The Trial- Franz Kafka

Like many of Kafka’s books, this was unfinished, and like many of the books I’ve listed on here, I’m unfinished also.  A great social commentary on the judicial system of 1920’s Germany, but it may have several things in common with the judicial systems of today.  Lastly:

#7 Got Fight?- Forrest Griffin

This Ultimate Fighter has a way with words and if you ever question your manhood, read this book and hopefully it will straighten things out for you.  “The 50 Zen Principals of Hand to Face Combat” has been compared to The Art of War and Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do, so if you wanna learn what it takes to be a badass, pick up this book.

Alright folks, enjoy your midweek struggles and if you have anything to say or ask about any of the aforementioned books, chime in with a comment and we can engage in some deep analysis.