Sunday, May 13, 2012

#21 -- "The Loom of Ruin" by Sam McPheeters

Okay, the book diary is comatose, at least for now. Too many books that I enjoy but I can't wring a paragraph of thought from. If you're dying to see what I'm reading, look me up on Goodreads -- I'm gsdgsd there. Here, I'll write something if I really have something to say.

Not hard to guess that I picked up "The Loom of Ruin" because of the writer's previous associations. McPheeters is a smart and funny guy, and I've enjoyed his bands and writing since college. Still, I approached it with some trepidation -- it's an iffy business, basing purchases on things you liked 20 years ago (see also: tipsy 2 am iTunes purchases of the Revelation Records back catalog). And there's a risk, seeing someone you've admired try something new -- what if it sucks?

Thankfully, "The Loom of Ruin" is fantastic. Darkly hilarious, the funniest book I've read in a long while -- I laughed out loud on nearly every page, and I don't LOL easy, friends. I caught McPheeters on his recent book tour, and he was great in person -- I'm happy to say the book lives up to that.

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This blog is, believe it or not, getting some purpose again. Tomorrow (yes, really, even though I'm notoriously bad at deadlines) I'll post a piece I've been working on for months, on the little-known Czechoslovakian hockey player Rudolf Tajcnar. This is a bit more strenuous than my normal Czechoslovak hockey writing -- I did loads of interviews with teammates and management, and I'm pretty happy with how it's coming out.

This isn't a one-time deal: I've got a bunch in mind (and it won't go the way of other half-started projects -- I've done several interviews for the second piece already). These will be occasional, but I hope they'll shed some light on some interesting stories and lesser-known players. So tune in tomorrow (at some point -- as long as it's in by 11:59 eastern, I haven't blown the self-imposed deadline). Thanks.

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