Tried making this in chronological order:
——- EDIT: Jet ——-
Angels & Airwaves
Currently: Arcade Fire (again)
1. There is no overwhelming need to read the preface. Really. It exists mostly for the author, and those who, after finishing the rest of the book, have some reason found themselves stuck with nothing else to read. If you have already read the preface, and wish you had not, we apologize. We should have told you sooner.
2. There is no overarching need to read the acknowledgements section. Many early readers of this book (see p. xxxix) suggested its curtailment or removal, but they were defied. Still, it is not necessary to the plot in any major way, so, as with the preface, if you have already read the acknowledgments section, and wish you had not, again, we apologize. We should have said something.
3. You can also the skip the table of contents, if you’re short of time.
4. Actually, many of you might want to skip much of the middle, namely pages 209-301, which concern the lives of people in their early twenties, and those lives are very difficult to make interesting, even when they seemed interesting to those living at the time.
5. Matter of fact, the first three or four chapters are all some of you might want to bother with. That gets you to page 109 or so, which has a nice length, a nice novella sort of length. Those first four chapters stick to one general subject, something manageable, which is more than what can be said for the book thereafter.
6. The book thereafter is kind of uneven.
-Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius