by Sarah Marine
Music for Torching by AM Homes is nothing to mess with...so of course I am. The novel is a bizarre story about a married couple's slow descent into creepy mania, set off by them setting their suburban home on fire. Disappointed by the lack of damage it actually caused, they are left to deal with a damaged house, failing marriage and having to sleep at a neighbor's house, which of course leads to more bizarre behavior. The setting mirrors every subdivision I've set foot in but laced with a twilight zone atmosphere in which housewives turn nocturnal, husbands shave their entire bodies and sleep in nightgowns and monogamy is nonexistent. I bought it a few months ago at the Strand, the one that is closing, which brings me to the next thing concerning me this fine Milwaukee morning.
Yesterday, when I was working at my fabulous job, I opened up the new issue of n+1. I flipped through, returned to the table of contents, and spied this: Who Killed the People's Bookstore? by Alexandra Heifetz. I read it, or tried to read it- needed some major editing- and was still a little confused about what the author was trying to get across. She establishes that she has worked in independent bookstores and that the people who work in them are really very smart and awesome and then goes on and on about Cody's closing(which is terrible and sad), but blames it all on capitalism? Is this the gist? There was also something about all indies being "reluctant capitalists"(?)- which puzzles me, considering they're selling books, for profit. This was followed by a summarization of Book Sense, ABA, etc. All in all, the purpose of this article was lost on me. If anyone else has read this, discussion is welcome.
Furthermore, this article in the NYTimes. The commentary about what teenagers are becoming is really scary.
Monday, July 14, 2008
by Sarah Marine
Posted by Unknown at 8:20 AM