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Elvis Costello, who made everyone's favorite song about Margaret Thatcher, has a new memoir out. It's called Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.

But Costello isn't just a writer, he's also a reader. Ahead of an appearance at the New York Public Library on Friday night, Costello answered a couple questions about his reading habits for NYPL's blog. Turns out, he loves cautionary tales:

What are the three books you can't live without, and why?

The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald - A cautionary tale

Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall by Spike Milligan - A cautionary tale

My Last Sigh¬†by¬†Luis Bu√Īuel - A cautionary tale

The Pat Hobby Stories are a bunch of short stories Fitzgerald wrote about a broke, alcoholic screenwriter.¬†Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall¬†is a World War II memoir.¬†My Last Sigh is a memoir of the (wonderful) filmmaker Luis Bu√Īuel.


The music world is tough, but Elvis seems to be doing pretty well! Why so many cautionary tales?

Elvis, my friend…are you OK? Call me!

Ethan Chiel is a reporter for Fusion, writing mostly about the internet and technology. You can (and should) email him at