No trip to Berkeley is complete without visits to Amoeba, Cody's, and Moe's. At Amoeba, I actually had time to fish through the (dwindling) bargain bins on the floor and came up with Peter Lieberson performed by Peter Serkin, American music for the theatre from the Utah Symphony, Tchaikovsky Discovers America ("A Tale of Courage and Adventure." ???), and from the used bins, the Duke Quartet playing Barber/Dvorak/Glass and the California Symphony (with Al Jarreau ???) playing Lou Harrison. Finally, I found a new Chas Smith CD, descent.
At Cody's, I bought the new Wire magazine that has a stern-looking Phill Niblock on the cover. I also found Alberto Manguel's A Reading Diary. This is yet another book where the author takes a year to write about the books he/she is reading. I don't know why exactly but I enjoy reading about someone else's reading (e.g. this novelist/soccer geek). Manguel has also written a history of reading -- is there an equivalent for listening?
The consumer in me was satiated by the time I got to Moe's Books.