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The making of a Beastie Boys album and more book news

June 15, 2009 | 12:14 pm

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In Continuum's 33 1/3 series, a pocket-sized book takes on a single album. The audio version of one of those books -- on the Beastie Boys' now-seminal "Paul's Boutique" -- is available now for free download, thanks to Rolling Stone and Audible.com: " 'Paul's Boutique' was one of the most counter-intuitive records ever made."

Laura Miller just read a lesser-known Charles Dickens novel, "Barnaby Rudge," which has a riot scene that makes the recent protests in Iran seem a bit less frightening -- at least there's no melting lead.

The literary/academic website the Valve will be running a summer reading group of a less-known Charlotte Bronte novel, "Villette." Written after the deaths of both of Bronte's sisters, the book "was hailed as a work of genius," Rohan Maitzen writes on the site, yet "some found it morbid, disturbing, unfeminine, and coarse." Well, I liked it.

Angelenos looking for a super-cool Father's Day combo might consider picking up a copy of Glen David Gold's new book, "Sunnyside," which is a novel about Charlie Chaplin, and then head to the Cinefamily matinee of Chaplin's silent film "The Kid."

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to Los Angeles; she'll discuss "The Power of Storytelling" at Zocalo at the Skirball Center on Wednesday June 24.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: The Beastie Boys perform in 2007. Credit: Michael Morel via Flickr

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