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.