Today, I enjoyed:
– Stop Podcasting Yourself
– book club, in general
– fitzgeralds, in particular
– watching Watson on Jeopardy
– laughing incredibly hard at Robert and Kristin’s bitchy banter
-apples and jack cheese, pan fried gnocchi, & an eskimo pie
– fast forwarding through the DVR’d Grammys to watch Mumford & Sons on J&J’s giant TV
But, really, those fitzgeralds won the prize. (Fitzgeralds, aka gin rickeys, were F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite drink). I have an impossibly hard time ordering drinks at bars, as I don’t really like most mixed drinks. If I’m at a restaurant, I order a white wine, but I feel stupid ordering that at bars. But now, I have the oh-so-delicious fitzgerald (gin, lime juice, seltzer) and am oh-so-happy.
Joe hosted Book Club today, and served the above fitzgeralds because they are a constant in Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer, which we read this month.
Very Short List describes the book better than I can (and in fact inspired the selection):
How many novels begin with a Milli Vanilli quote? In the case of the funny and sharp The Thieves of Manhattan, by Adam Langer , the lyric “Girl you know it’s true” is particularly apt, as this clever tale blurs fact and fiction to riotous effect.
Ian Minot is a disgruntled coffee barista who yearns to crack the literary world’s inner circle, but no one seems to want to publish his sensitive short fiction. Not helping matters is Blade Markham, author of a best-selling street memoir that may or may not be fabricated, who has just made off with Minot’s girlfriend… When Ian’s approached by a stranger with an idea … the best-made plans (as usual) go completely haywire. It’s hard to predict where this satiric send-up of the publishing world is going to go, but it’s such an entertaining read that you’ll be willing to follow through every twist and unbelievable turn.
That is a little more positive than I would be, but in the end, I enjoyed the book. It took me a solid 100 pages to stop hating the main character, and be willing to care about what happens, but I enjoyed the ride of the latter half of the book. I recommend it if you:
– are a writer or work in publishing
– enjoy (or don’t mind) super meta fiction
– want to travel vicariously through my old neighborhood of Morningside Heights
– will let yourself be taken away by a “what if?” adventure
Next, book club will be reading The End of Mr Y, so expect updates on that . But before I can get to that, I really, really need to finish Oliver Twist, which I have been slogging through since the middle of January.