Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Quick End to 2009's Productivity

Well, for a few days there, I kept up a decent posting schedule. Alas it collapsed this past week as preparations for surgery got ramped up, work was nuts, and when I had free time I was exhausted. And had nothing to say.

I had a procedure done in advance of the surgery this past Friday, which gave me a little preview of the joys of having someone mess about with your arteries, followed by me lying in a hospital bed for a while. It gave me an excuse to spend the weekend watching football, at least.


#2 -- "Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog" by Mark Leyner

Had never heard of Leyner before snatching this off the Ski Bum's shelf. My first impression was that he was trying too hard to be wacky and random; that collapsed pretty quickly, though, and his absurdist short pieces had me laughing out loud consistently. It'll be a while before I can handle him again, I think, but this was pretty good.

#3 -- "Sick Puppy" by Carl Hiaasen

One of my fondest memories of college journalism days is a lengthy interview with Hiaasen, soon after "Strip Tease" came out. He was a great interview and it got front page treatment in the Arizona Daily Wildcat's legendary "Mutato" section, though it was a bit of a shock to see it in print and realize that I'd misspelled his surname "Hiassen" throughout.

Somewhere along the way, I overdosed on Hiaasen; I believe this was the first one I hadn't read, though I bought it in an airport back in 2001. This was a fun little return to old reading habits. It's marred a bit since the main character, Twilly, is the least interesting in the book. But hell, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad to revisit Hiaasen.


fredoluv said...

i find it very difficult to believe that the crack team of editors, copy editors, and fact checkers missed that Hiassen error. he might've changed it to Hiaasen since the mid-90s to be "cool".

gsdgsd13 said...

I have to come clean: I mentioned "Mutato" in that post solely because I figured it would draw a comment from you. I'm pleased to see that I was right.

Cranky said...

All I have to say is that I thought I was well-read until I began frequenting your blog. You put me to shame. There's probably some level of English major hell reserved for me.

Tapeleg said...

Sick Puppy was the first Hiaassenn I read. It was kind of a refreshing way of being introduced to him, as I had not preconceived notions about the characters. I wound up OD'ing as well after that.

What is the scheduled date?

gsdgsd13 said...

The big day is January 22, next Thursday. I start all the preparation on Tuesday and will probably be incommunicado for a while starting then.

fredoluv said...

I read every entry! But I only comment if I see my name or Lawrence Block's name...

My New Year's Resolution is to read one book a month, btw. Which is purely in deference to all the reading I see tracked here. You may be thinking "one book a month? that's easy, what the hell is he talking about?" Well, Greg, my books won't have PICTURES in them.

Cranky said...

Ah picture books. Ok, that makes me feel better. ;)

Good luck with your upcoming procedure. Sending healing thoughts already!

gsdgsd13 said...

That's the sad truth about my reading: I don't get beyond the cover copy and art. Thanks for the kind wishes -- hopefully it's all gonna go well.