Felicia’s Journey and Incestuous Reading
Also this month has been much incestuous reading…whenever I return from New York I come bearing presents from my agent and publisher. Two highlights so far from my last journey:
Stephen Dixon’s Old Friends. I haven’t read Dixon before, so this was quite an introduction. Again, like Trevor, a brief novel, but the parallel ends there. I severely disliked both of the characters, but what was cool is that this did not make me dislike the book. A neat trick.
And in nonfiction, Greg Palast’s “Armed Madhouse” was eyeopening, explaining a few key things that have eluded me to date (for instance, it’s not about controling the oil, it’s about controling the price of the oil. It seems obvious upon hearing it, but it’s not as intuitive as you would think). All non-Republicans should read this book prior to the 2008 elections if you’d like to avoid having the election stolen for a third time.