To celebrate the New Year, I figured it'd be nice to look back and talk about some of our favorite books we read in 2015. I'll start.
- Peter Milligan's "Enigma": Back in the 80's and 90's, a bunch of British comics writers came to America, blowing the minds of readers by writing some of the best, trippiest comics the industry had ever seen. Milligan was one of those writers, and he totally delivered with this graphic novel. It's essentially about a closeted gay man whose favorite superhero comes to life. He deals with his sexual identity while also trying to figure out what the deal is with this violent, beautiful impossibility. The book is gay, it's existential. It's great.
- Miles Corwin's "A Killing Season": In the past 30-ish years, LA has had a lot of trouble with its legal system. Robert Durst's trial, OJ's trial, the Rodney King riots. The Killing Season sheds a light on what exactly is wrong with the system the LAPD have to work under, while also showing what the day in a life of a homicide detective looks like. It follows two detectives as they juggle their overloaded case files. Some of the cases covered in the book really stuck with me. In particular, I was struck by how stupid most of them are. People just murder for the dumbest reasons. Oftentimes it's like they're too young to know better.
- Ed Rollins's "Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms": A boxer turned political campaign manager? I might disagree with Rollins politically (he's Republican), but the guy's story was irresistible. The book gets into the nitty-gritty of what it was like to run a campaign. He ran one of the best presidential campaigns the US has ever seen (winning 49/50 states for Reagan in the '84 election), and talked to some of the most interesting people in politics (Richard Nixon, Ross Perot, and of course Ronald Reagan are the highlights). I have the feeling he's abrasive in his day-to-day life, but boy has this guy lived.