Banksy's Book Report is where I give no-BS book reviews of what's been on my nightstand lately - complete with bonus food and beverage pairings! Please feel free to tell me I'm wrong/crazy/dumb/genius, as well as throw your book recommendations my way.
The deal: Aziz Ansari teams up with a bunch of scientists, and they explore all of the riff raff surrounding how we date now.
Is it worth it?: You already know. This is not some Aziz memoir. It's funny, but more importantly, it's really well researched and surprisingly touching.
Pairs well with: Tinder, a glass of wine on your couch
The deal: The title basically says it all - Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is a lady in a band. She discusses that in great detail, along with the rise and fall of her relationship with guy in a band, Thurston Moore.
Is it worth it?: How much do you like Sonic Youth? Anyone short of a super fan will probably grow tired of the name-dropping and extensive descriptions of band proceedings. The first chunk is stellar, though - Gordon is a solid writer and paints a visceral picture of infidelity. After that, proceed with caution.
Pairs well with: Daydream Nation, crop tops, messy hair, maybe a cigarette
The deal: Didion's memoir about what is essentially the hardest year anyone has ever experienced. Total travesty around every corner.
Is it worth it?: Yes. It's one of the bleaker things I've ever read. But be warned, you'll need to be in a mental state to dive into new levels of grief. Prepare for some major perspective - things in your life are probably comparatively swell.
Pairs well with: Silence, scotch
The deal: B.J. Novak is Ryan from The Office. He was super involved with the writing of the show, and it turns out he also dabbles in short stories.
Is it worth it?: One hundred percent. This was one of the most pleasant surprises. The stories are all really short and totally weird. This is also the perfect book for someone looking to dive back into a reading habit. Super great.
Pairs well with: Craigslist Missed Connections, a re-binge of The Office