Wednesday, July 28, 2004

johnston

The charismatic ex-skateboarding champ Bret Anthony Johnston read from his book of stories Corpus Christi tonight. A truly relaxed lovely man with the audience in the palm of his hand. His novel will be beautiful.

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Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban written in an invented cockney that sounds better read aloud like Chaucer in Middle English. Takes place 1000 years in the future when England has returned to hunter gatherer status. Hoban writes the Frances childrens books but there's nothing kiddy about this.

Other Voices, Other Rooms, Truman Capote's first book written in his early 20s. Talk about a gift! Talk about a gift flushed down the toilet at 50. Joel Knox goes to a tiny piece of nowhere in the deep gothic South in search of his mysterious father. I can think of no other writer who could take us on this trip.
Someone asks you about Southern Gothic? Give 'em this book. Still in print by some miracle.

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