Friday, January 4, 2008

Reading. Dogs.

I am reading a lot right now. Reading seems to be the only thing I can think of. I don't have a specific project I'm working on right now so I feel kind of useless. But reading is good.

I read William Walsh's WITHOUT WAX which is coming out very soon from Casperian Books. It is a 'documentary novel' about a famous porn actor. I read the whole thing in one day. It is very well written and uses a lot of different forms, including documentary-type testimonies by lots of porn-related characters. It is funny and weird and very readably literary. Sex is fun to read about when it is written well. It reminded me of BOOGIE NIGHTS, which was a good thing. One of the parts of the book is about a guy going to participate in one of those break-the-world-record videotaped gangbangs, which made me jealous because I've tried to write a story like that several times and he did it very well. I like this book. I am going to write a full review of this for somewhere soon.

I read Jeff Parker's OVENMAN. I read it very quickly too. It is about a guy that works at a pizza place and skateboards and gets drunk a lot and gets in trouble and has shitty tattoos and his girlfriend dreams he is trying to kill her and she keeps bringing home animal skulls. I liked reading it. It was funny and was able to convey a subculture that no one else that I can think of has written about.

Next I am planning to read Haruki Murakami's AFTER DARK. I've read several of his books and I usually think I like them when I'm done but I never know why.

Would it be wrong if I killed my neighbor's dog? He has two. What if I killed just one of them? The small one has the most annoying bark I've ever heard. I would be killing that one for myself. If I killed the other one it would be for it, because it has to listen to the other dog all day, plus I think the owner is mean to it. He is always yelling for her to GET OVER HERE. I hate him. Instead of killing, I should break his window and set those dogs free.


Josh Maday said...

Man, I'm looking forward to Without Wax. I'm going to start reviewing books so I don't have to wait until they are officially released. I like reading.

I'm watching The Hulk right now on USA network; the latest version with Nick Nolte as the dad. That part where Bruce hugs the radiation machine and his pupils go funny and you see a mushroom cloud small in the middle of a black screen: I've experienced the small mushroom cloud part before when waking up from passing out. These things will always be connected in my mind.

jereme said...

I spent 4 hours at the book store today. Fucking Borders sucks. There is no art or creativity or self in Orange County. Borders is all I got here.

I wish I was back in Portland. I would spend an entire day/night at Powells. Trying to figure out what I wanted to buy/read.

anyways, I also bought a Murakami book today. I have not read either Murakami and it was a toss up between the two. But eventually I chose the Kafka book over Coin Locker Babies book.

I will go back for the Coin Locker Babies book.

Have you read Ryu Murakami also? I hear the two are very similiar in story telling. I dunno since I haven't read either.

I think I am going to send you my copy of Journey. You really should read that one.