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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Reading Today: Early Edition

posted by on October 25 at 8:00 AM


I’m putting this post up early for very selfish reasons: At 11 o’clock today, I will be at the Richard Hugo House, interviewing Matt Ruff about everything under the sun. You should throw on some clothes—you don’t even have to shower until later today; I won’t tell anyone, I promise—and come on down to the Hugo House to watch. Ruff is local, but he doesn’t make a whole lot of appearances in town. And his body of work—a multiple-personality love story, a fucked-up spy story, a sci-fi rebuttal of Atlas Shrugged—begs all kind of questions. I hope to see you there.

Later in the day, Michelle Goodman reads at Elliott Bay Book Company from My So Called Freelance Life. This means there could very well be a roomful of freelance writers, which is kind of a scary idea.

Then there are two readings by lonely ladies. Theo Pauline Nestor is at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library reading from How to Sleep Alone in a King Sized Bed, which is an allegedly humorous book about divorce. And Wendy Kays reads at Newberry Books from her book Game Widow, which is a book for women whose husbands spend too much time playing video games. Perhaps these two authors should do a tag-team reading and figure out who is worse off. I think maybe they both spend a little too much time thinking about men, for what it’s worth.

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

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"...begs all kind of questions..."

Really? The book is full of logical fallacies? Why would I want to read that?

(You review books, man! Use the language correctly!)

Posted by grammar nazi | October 25, 2008 8:55 AM

Holy shit, is it possible for a human being to literally be made of smugness?

Posted by Paul Constant | October 25, 2008 9:25 AM

Also: novels are constructed on logical fallacies all the time. At least two of Matt Ruff's novels practically employ logical fallacies as plot devices.

Good morning.

Posted by Paul Constant | October 25, 2008 9:28 AM

In high school I had a boyfriend who started playing one of those video games with the word craft in its title (Starcraft? Warcraft? Dunno) and then I literally never saw him ever again. Though, to be fair, when I got the latest Zelda game, I stopped seeing my friends until I rescued that damsel in distress.

Posted by Davida | October 25, 2008 3:58 PM

Holy shit, is it possible for a human being to literally be made of smugness?

Ah, I see you do understand the concept begging the question. +1 subtlety; carry on.

Posted by smug, evidently | October 25, 2008 4:17 PM

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