With all the scientific literature and research papers I’ve had to read within the last year, my time for pleasure reading has diminished significantly. I’ve been meaning to rectify that. I recently finished reading Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E, frontman for the Eels. E’s troubles have been notably documented in his many songs and albums, but this memoir presents the first time E tells his story in print. The book is written in a straightforward tone, beginning with his childhood as son of a renowned physicist, continuing until present day. It’s an interesting look into the mind of one of today’s great artists, filled with stories of the creative process, along with amusing anecdotes about such famous musicians as Elliott Smith and Tom Waits. E has always been a good storyteller, and it’s proven to be a good read. I highly recommend it.