The Who’s Pete Townshend: I am drawn to Scandinavian fiction

The New York Times recently interviewed Pete Townshend, star of the legendary rock band, The Who. Townshend, whose lyrics have always been among the most interesting in the rock ‘n roll genre,  also has a genuine literary side to his intellectual life and once worked as an editor at a British publishing house. In the interview, the NYT asked him about what he reads these days. After talking about his interest in Scandinavian fiction, he zeroed in on what he liked—and didn’t like—about Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy:

“The last in the Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy was pretty bad. The first drew me in skillfully, and I adored it before I realized I was being suckered by a radical feminist man-hating man masquerading behind his vision of a society allegedly full of powerful men who all hate women. That said, I would have loved to see where Larsson went next. Tragic that he died so young, whirling in his own creative torment, Scandinavia’s literary Kurt Cobain.”

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