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Guest Column: Three Books You Need to Read By Timo Ellis Of Netherlands

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Guest Column
In our undying efforts to bring you engaging columns you won’t find anywhere else, we’ve reached out to the metal world, seeking submissions for a new subject: Three amazing books you have to pick up.

Seeing as you read this blog everyday, we went out on a limb and assumed you’d maybe want to get some book suggestions from your favorite bands, too. So today, we continue this series on rad, must-reads with an entry from Timo Ellis of Netherlands.

Nemesis: The Last Days of The American Republic, by Chalmers Johnson

Sadly, Johnson died in 2010. For me, he’s done some of the most brilliant and thorough (and readable!) scholarship about the history of all the clandestine goings on/doings of the U.S. government/empire, and was an outspoken activist until the end (and he’s one of the talking heads in the film, “The Corporation,” btw.)

I often refer to his writings when I’m endlessly grousing to my friends about how insanely venal, shortsighted, and corrupt the U.S. is, and has always been.

Still Life With Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins is scathingly smart and hilarious in this one, and fully captures what in many ways is the eerily similar-to-today-pre-apocalyptic zeitgeist that was (also) happening in the late 70’s. It’s a kind of madcap love story — philosophical, subversive, and totally fun to read.

The Girl On The Fridge, by Etgar Keret

Set (mostly, I think?) in contemporary Israel, this was exciting to me as Keret packs a whimsical, often violent, surrealist wallop into these short stories. Imaginative, simultaneously light-hearted and brutal; my cup of tea.