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Skipping Towards Gomorrah, Diary, and Portrait of a Killer...

I got a lot of reading done while I was in Tennessee.

I have long liked Dan Savage's sex advice column, he's very funny and outspoken. In his book Skipping Towards Gomorrah his mission is to accomplish every one of the seven deadly sins. He manages all of them but one on a technicality. The book is funny while being dead serious. Were I in a debate club and had to take the side for drug legalization and gun control, I would be sure to reference it.

I splurged in the airport on the way down and bought Diary, by Chuck Palahniuk. I read his books like they are crack, or...fudge! You know, the first bite of fudge is soooooo good, but then all of your senses are overwhelmed and the next bite is not so good, but you eat the whole piece anyway. I can't slow myself down when I read his books and I know that I am not stopping long enough to smell his brilliance.
If I may, here's an excerpt:

A woman calls from Seaview to say her linen closet is missing. Last September, her house had six bedrooms, two linen closets. She's sure of it. Now she's only got one. She comes to open her beach house for the summer. She drives out with the kids and the nanny and the dog, and here they are with all their luggage, and all their towels are gone. Disappeared. Poof.
Bermuda Triangulated.


This book is dark, and I found myself a little uncomfortable while reading it, maybe that's because it's set in New England. Or, maybe I found more of myself than I wanted to in the protagonist, and not quite enough at the same time. I highly recommend it.


I'm not proud, but I also read Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed, by Patricia Cornwell. Vacations are good for an excuse to read salacious things. It turns out that we now know, just about definitively who Jack the Ripper was, thanks in large part to Patricia Cornwell. She's just a little full of herself, and more than once describes in great detail what modern day investigators would do at various crime scenes and that Jack the Ripper wouldn't have a chance today. I'm a sucker for books set in this era, and the parts I enjoyed the most were descriptions of the way of life then. I need to credit this book for saving me from having a tantrum when Grampa and I were dragged along to Sharon and Joe's pedal steel lesson in Stoney Stonecypher's crowded and cold basement.

Comments

Pahlaniuk is so brilliant. Whenever people tell me I'm a good writer, I think of Choke, and disagree with them. All his stuff is so very dark though, leaves the reader with a feeling of hopelessness at times. But I think it would be cool if he tried his hand at something happy.
Use his powers for good? Yes - that would be very interesting.

I've been thinking about this since last night. Trying to phrase this without being sycophantic once again. :)

Is it fair to say that one of the parts of being a good writer is writing in such a way that the reader can find something to relate to that seems to be unique to themselves? After all, a writer and reader have an intimate relationship.

I'm not trying to say that your writing is on a par with Palahniuk's,(but also I haven't read work of yours that is fictional either) but I will say that I think that your writing tends to do that - many different kinds of people find themselves in your posts.
After all, a writer and reader have an intimate relationship.

I can say truthfully that I had never considered that until just now. No wonder..

Actually, writing someone for people to read kind of is like giving them sexual pleasure, both are an intimate experience. Seriously, my brain's on fire right now figuring this out..

:D

No wonder... what?

I'm not sure if I should hand you an extinguisher or gasoline.

Re: :D

If you could hand me a six-pack, that would be even better..

I don't know. Rough night. Oh well.

Re: :D

arrgh. :(

I'm sorry.

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