Monday, June 28, 2010

On Extra Lives and Novels (sort of)

Hey Gang, So I've got a review-thing up at the Brevity blog, where I talk about Tom Bissell's new book, Extra Lives, manage to work in a couple of digs at novels, and refer to myself as Mr. Essay Pants. Read it here, and then go buy Tom's book. Trust me.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Announcement of My Retirement

Dear Friends,

I have just inherited $6.5 million dollars from a woman who is dying from Cancer of the Lever, and Stroke. I am hereby announcing my retirement. I will be purchasing a small island, hiring a team of ninja assassins to guard it, and communicating only through carrier pigeon. I may purchase some monkeys. Perhaps a tiger with a saddle.

Here's the email I received confirming my new found riches:


Dearest one,

With Due Respect And Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a humanitarian ground.

My name is Mrs Rachelle Bery. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland , I am married to Mr.James Bery director J.C Industries Cote d'Ivoire.We were married for 36 years without a child. He died after a Cadiac Arteries Operation.
And Recently, My Doctor told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer problem (cancer of the lever and stroke).

Before my husband died last year there is this sum $6.5 Million Dollars that he deposited with a Private Finance Company here In Ivory Coast . Presently this money is still in the Vault of the Company.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any good God fearing brother or sister that will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late.husband to help Lessprivilaged people, orphanages,widows and propagating the word of God.

I took this decision because I dont have any child that will inherit this fund, And I dont want in away where this money will be used in an un Godly way. This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund.

I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going.I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.

Write back as soon as possible any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose, Hoping to read from you asap.

God bless you as you listing to the voice of reasoning,
Mrs Rachelle Bery


Thanks! It was great knowing all of you!


Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Little Love for TDATDA from the Todfather

My fellow mutants,

Tod Goldberg is one of the funniest human beings on the planet. This has been verified by several independent sources. He also happens to be one hell of a writer who works harder at his craft than just about anyone else I've ever met. He also runs the Low-Res MFA Program at UC Riverside-Palm Desert . . Oh yeah, AND he writes book reviews! I'm happy Tod found some things to like in The Day After The Day After. Here's an excerpt and a link to the rest of the review at the Las Vegas City Life site. Thanks, Tod!


The fallout

Steven Church grapples with movie-inspired Cold War fever in his poignant memoir

"Like most children growing up in '70s and '80s America," Steven Church writes toward the beginning of his sad, funny and refreshingly memorable memoir The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, "I imagined we'd all be dead in 10 years."

It's a statement that will resonate with nearly everyone who came of age during the Cold War, but particularly the bitter end of the era, when nuclear annihilation became not just an existential fear, but also the grist of entertainment; the sort of plot point that would eventually give memorable roles to the great actors of our time -- the Steve Guttenbergs, the Patrick Swayzes, the C. Thomas Howells -- and might have even helped turn Ronald Reagan from a hawk into more of a dove. Or at least a hawk who didn't want mutual assured destruction.

READ the rest of it here . . .