Monday, April 20, 2009
the boston marathon is pretty cool.
they close down so many miles of roads.
then dudes come whizzing by in these amazing devices.
and then your mom demonstrates how nuts she is by doing an 'army' dance.
people don't obey traffic lights... it's shocking
and you get to high five tons of strangers...as well as yell their names in encouragement
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Lush Life, by Richard Price
I went into Barnes & Noble after work a few weeks ago to kill time before a movie. Sat on the floor and looked through the photo books for awhile. Diane Arbus. Nick Veasey.
Wandered by the noteworthy fiction table and scanned some titles. Picked up Lush Life, the author's name looked vaguely familiar but I couldn't place it.
I put the book back and asked the girl at the customer service desk if they had a guidebook for my camera. She had left her car lights on and was in a rush to run out to the parking lot and turn them off.
"Ummm," she said, "he can help you."
Pointed to a paunchy, balding guy in his late twenties.
I asked about the guidebook. Turns out they didn't have it in stock. He said they could have it in in a day or two. Had to backpedal and say I wasn't really sure if I wanted it. Felt awkward and cheap. All I wanted was to read the section on shutter speeds.
Went back to the photo section and looked at Nick Veasey again.
I walked back by noteworthy fiction. Picked up Lush Life, still couldn't place Richard Price. Started to read the back.
"Hey, did you find your camera book?"
Customer service girl was back.
I told her I decided not to get it, felt cheap again. Held up Lush Life and asked if I could pay for it there at the customer service desk. She shook her head and pointed to the front counter. I thanked her for all her help and hustled out of there.
Reading the back as I walked, thinking maybe I would ditch it on the new releases table on the way out.
On the back, Michael Chabon calls Price "our best, one of the best writers of dialogue in the history of American literature." This is like Ray Allen saying someone has a sweet jumpshot. I decide to actually buy the book.
Pay in cash, no bag, thank you, have a nice day.
Reading the book at home and the first chapter is called "Fishing Hole on Delancey." I remember who Richard Price is. First time I heard his name was on The Moth where he tells the real Fishing Hole on Delancey story of doing ride-alongs with the NYPD while researching a book. Apparently, Lush Life.
I remember what an incredible story that episode was and high-five myself for making such a good choice.
Rest of the book is a slam dunk. It's like reading a season of The Wire. Storylines for victims, perps, and law enforcement all bleed in and out and onto each other effortlessly. Really nails 'the Dickensian aspect.' I'm almost-smiling and almost-crying on every other page it seems like.
Fuck, The Wire was such an awesome show and this book is almost as good!
Turns out Richard Price was a writer on The Wire.