In honor of this year’s Summer Reading theme, “Libraries Rock!”, I’ve created a handful of matching book lists and Spotify playlists. Here’s a taste of “CRIME!”
The Left Bank Gang by Jason
Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce spend their Parisian days drinking, talking about comic books, and… drinking. It’s a charmed life, but ultimately unfulfilling, until Fitzgerald proposes a, shall we say, financially lucrative career change for the group. Told, as always, with Jason’s stoic anthropomorphic animals, this comic is a strange and delightful twist on literary history.
Free Fire DVD by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley
When an illicit arms deal in an abandoned warehouse goes wrong, it’s every man for himself, more or less. An international cast including Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley stars in this real-time shootout, where the laughs are as common as bullet wounds, and both give way to bloody horror.
The Other Paris by Luc Sante
Paris, the City of Lights, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow: the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming. In The Other Paris, Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of France itself, and, by extension, throughout the world. (From the publisher)
The Cartel by Ashely & JaQuavis
The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine every year, and The Cartel controls eighty percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret. [When] worlds collide, the truth will be unveiled in an unpredictable ending. (From the publisher)
For the full experience, download this booklist and have a listen to the “CRIME!” playlist! (Listening to the full tracks requires a Spotify account.) NOTE: this playlist includes songs with explicit lyrics.