Music: I-LXXIV By August Kleinzahler (Pressed Wafer, 306 pages, $17.50)
The much-lauded longtime local poet also has a warm, funny, cranky, effortlessly literate way with the essay. Kleinzahler, who once held court in a weekly music column for the San Diego Reader, has collected a broad range of easygoing missives on music, whose subjects include Liberace, Louis Prima, Thelonious Monk, Glenn Gould, and Dinah Washington.
Students are required to keep a commonplace book in which to record favorite quotations from the books they read during the semester.
Pop quizzes will be in the form of impromptu conversations on Muni buses and in coffee shops, by which students will be judged for their ability to convey deep reading of the material without sounding pretentious.
Attendance at author events, as they come up, is encouraged. Attendance at Litquake festival field trip (Oct. 9-17; www.litquake.org) is mandatory.