Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music
March 4, 2014 12:21 AM Subscribe
Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!)
posted by divabat to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm doing a book exchange and I'm paired up with someone who is actively in the music business (produces/run labels in Europe, mostly hip-hop), and expressed an interest in business books as well as works by Haruki Murakami and David Foster Wallace. He said he wanted books that "treat the mind and make you think".
I've asked him for some clarification on what exactly about those two authors does he like, and he does have a very sparse wishlist, so I'd like to find him something that he may not have heard about before.
What I was hoping to find was some sort of literary non-fiction (or hell, fiction) about the music business that would evoke the qualities of Murakami or Wallace. Does this exist?
I've only read one of Murakami's books (and that was a long time ago) and have never read Wallace, so I'm not sure what those two have in common. I do have my own personal favourites for "treat the mind and make you think" but they don't really intersect with music or business.
I feel like the book I'm looking for would be published by some kind of indie press or indie shop. Since he's European I'm not sure a book that solely looks at the US music industry would be ideal, but something more global could work. Is there such a thing as a literary business book?