Greg L

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A native Hoosier and longtime record store manager, Greg is a writer, painter and filmmaker best known for his 2015 feature film, Forever Into Space.

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Greg L's Reviews

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

by: David Lynch

A good friend locked me in her bathroom (oh dear!) and refused to let me out until I read every word of David’ Lynch’s Catching the Big Fish. This during my lunatic phase, and here I am, still alive and no longer a Madman. I’m not suggesting that David Lynch (best known of films like Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and The Elephant Man) saved my life, but he certainly played a role in getting me out of Kelly’s bathroom that one time. And he entertained me for a solid 73 minutes with this fast, zen-y, meditative look into the mind of one of the Great Modern American Filmmakers.

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Donuts (Smile Cover)

by: J Dilla

If you’ve already heard DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing, Jel’s Greenball, the instrumental versions of Madlib’s Lord Quas records, the early DJ Mayonnaise records, that way-rad Big Cinnamon CD-R, every beat Moodswing9 every made and Knowledge’s Hud Dreams, but somehow haven’t made sweet love to Dilla’s much celebrated Donuts (easily his signature work), then you are a big idiot who needs to get yer life together. Oh calm down young man, I’m joshing’ you, dumbo. Dilla’s deathbed opus is a lengthy drum-chopping classic full of short, soul-infused hip-hop compositions that easily remind of Q-Tip’s early production. A nice newish buzz for the Native Tongue romantics. Buy it. Or don’t. I don’t care what you do, I’m just tryna help.

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  • Beneath the Underdog

    By Charles Mingus

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679737612
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1991
    Reissue of the no-holds-barred autobiography of the legendary bassist and composer. Rich with hardcore details of his life in music, as well as among pimps, hookers, drug dealers, and junkies, this may well be the best memoir ever written by a jazz performer. 272p.
  • Black Hole

    By Charles Burns

    Our Price: $19.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375714726
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Published: January 2008
    A chilling graphic novel set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s describes the lives of the area's teenagers, who are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that has descended on the young people of Seattle. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
  • Cathedral: Stories

    By Raymond Carver

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723691
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: June 1989
    First published in 1983. The 'American Chekhov' serves up twelve stories that reflect, with uncanny accuracy, the pain, confusion and longing that both afflict and comprise our differing human conditions. 228p.
  • Go to Hells: An Updated Guide to Dante's Underworld

    By Kali V. Roy

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781936976829
    • Publisher: Pulp/Zest Books
    • Published: April 2015
    In the 1300s, Dante described only nine circles of hell in the underworld. Since then? No new updates. Thankfully,Go to Hells picks up where Dante left off, providing readers with a much-needed expanded edition of theInferno. Helpful descriptions and illustrations of the contemporary hell circles that have cropped up since Dante's times, such as Canker Sores, are included. Covering everything from Movie Talkers and Loud Typers, to Reply All-ers and those guilty of chronic PDA, Go to Hells provides all the details the savvy crank needs to keep pace with the new and ever-more-irksome irritations of the modern world.
  • Godard on Godard

    By Jean-Luc Godard

    Our Price: $18.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780306802591
    • Publisher: Da Capo Press
    • Published: March 1986
    "Jean-Luc Godard, like many of his European contemporaries, came to filmmaking through film criticism. This collection of essays and interviews, ranging from his early efforts for La Gazette du Cinéma"
  • Ham on Rye

    By Charles Bukowski

    Our Price: $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061177583
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: March 2007
    In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, woman, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D.H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression. 288p. Pap.
  • Hand to Mouth

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312422325
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2003
    Memoir about the author's early years as a young, struggling writer. From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art and describes his ingenious, often farfetched attempts to survive on next to nothing. From the streets of New York City, Dubliin, and Paris to a dusty little village in Mexico, Auster introduces an unforgettable cast of characters while examining what it means to be a writer. 169p.
  • Just Kids

    By Patti Smith

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060936228
    • Publisher: Ecco
    • Published: November 2010
    JUST KIDS starts out as a love story and ends up on Elegy Row. Serving as a Baudelarian salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions, it makes for a true fable, a portrait of two young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, ascending the halcyon daze to fame. Smith's penchant for immortalizing herself this side of the graveyard dog, lets all the struggle and morphing genius connect for a rhythmic ride through that singular time and space. Smith plants herself at the epicenter of a time when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, Smith/Mapplethorpe would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years. And starring the Hotel Chelsea. With b&w photos. A New York Times Bestseller.
  • Let It Bleed - 180g - Clear Vinyl

    By Rolling Stones

    Our Price: $24.99
    • Format: Vinyl
    • Publisher: Abkco
    • Published: May 2013
  • Madvillainy

    By Madvillain

    Our Price: $22.99
    • Format: Vinyl
    • Publisher: Stones Throw
    • Published: November 2011
  • The Visible Man

    By Chuck Klosterman

    Our Price: $7.50 - $7.95
    Kindle Price: $11.99
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781439184462
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: October 2011
    In Austin, Texas, therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions. Y, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking technology from an aborted government project in order to render himself nearly invisible. He says he uses this ability to observe random individuals within their daily lives, usually when they are alone and vulnerable Unsure of his motives or honesty, Vick becomes obsessed with her patient and the disclosure of his increasingly bizarre and disturbing tale. Over time, it threatens her career, her marriage, and her own identity. Interspersed with notes, correspondence, and transcriptions that catalog a relationship based on curiosity and fear, The Visible Man touches on all of the author’s favorite themes – the consequences of culture, the influence of media, the complexity of voyeurism, and the existential contradiction of normalcy. 230p.

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