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Monday, August 18, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on August 18 at 10:08 AM


Two readings today.

At the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library, we have Michelle Nicholasen and Barbara O’Neal, who are the authors of I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2-to-5-Year Old. I always wonder what the audiences are like at these events. Do people bring their children? Someone go and let me know, please.

And at Elliott Bay Book Company, Jim Hightower reads from Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow. Honestly, if I had to pick one reading to go to tonight, I’d probably go to the Meltdowns book in Ballard. The audiences at Hightower readings always seem as though they are about to collectively choke on their own immense sense of self-satisfaction for being at a Jim Hightower event. It’s awful.

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here.

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Do people actually buy books like that? The answer to controlling your 2-year-old or 5-year-old is already published in a very popular book: "Spare the rod, spoil the child". In other words, if the kid is misbehaving, beat them. Pure simplicity.

Posted by Look to the Past | August 18, 2008 10:19 AM

Jim Hightower specializes in preaching to the choir... wouldn't you know that the choir just LOVES it!

Posted by Uncle Vinny | August 18, 2008 10:21 AM

Seriously, if your child is bad and you need a book to find out how to fix it, the likelihood is the child is bad because you suck at parenting.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 10:30 AM

Bellevue Ave has kids? I wouldn't have guessed.

Posted by elenchos | August 18, 2008 12:08 PM

you're in an enviable position elenchos, actually having a child. All I have is Spore creatures.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 1:15 PM

It's not about learning how to handle your kids. It's about getting permission to grouse about parenting to a sympathetic audience. Sign me up!

Posted by mint chocolate chip | August 18, 2008 1:24 PM

Ah! Mr. Ave, you need to look for clotrimazole topical cream; it is just as effective as Lotrimin® but at half the price. Also, do you exfoliate?

Posted by elenchos | August 18, 2008 1:34 PM
Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 18, 2008 2:19 PM

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