Monday January 23 2023
UK garage, Janet Malcolm, the 2022 playlist, worst diner in the U.S., and more
This graphic of the most popular books in U.S. public libraries last year is a trip. I’m surprised that novels dominate and embarrassed I didn’t already know. Bread-and-butter fiction writer? GOAT job security. And what’s the opposite of a broadband author like John Grisham? A narrow funnel passionate like the late record collector Joe Bussard.
Do you have a donut scale? By that, I mean something that pleases you even in its worst incarnation. For example: if you give me a 1-out-of-10 donut, I will eat it. UK garage is powerful on my donut scale. Have you made a passable 2-out-of-10 UKG mix? Perfect—I will listen to it and buy the limited edition cassette that I have no way of playing. This new Physical Therapy mix of UKG from 2022 is an 8 or a 9, and a perfect place to start if you have no idea what I’m on about. Do you love Burial? Our man comes out of UKG, as does Jamie XX.