@idle_days My lovely friend and prodigious poet, Jake Adam York, who passed away way too soon last December, wrote beautiful pieces responding to and describing the Civil Rights Movement, although my favorite poem might be "Grace," which is about barbecue and family--because the two are so often inseparable, right? It's hard not to be inspired by his work.
Sometimes, it's as if The Hairpin lives in my mind. I love this song. Have loved it since I took a cab in the middle of the night years ago with a cabbie who played a mix tape on our way to the airport. We listened silently until Wichita Lineman came on, and then he sang along, in a voice so deep and so low probably only bats could hear it.
@Nicole Cliffe Did Lurlene McDaniels write the one about the girl who has Lupus and gets a wolf hybrid puppy to help her cope? I remember getting very upset, reading about the scaly patches that developed on the protagonist's face...
@RNL Um, I think I went on a date with this exact person. When he showed me his room, he had a bunch of whips hanging from the bed, and his displayed DVR collection consisted of two movies: Fight Club and Seven. He also had this strange, rocky sculpture hanging on his wall that he told me he liked because it "reminded him of the holocaust." Writing all of this down makes me want to reach back and slap my 22-year-old self...
Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life is both profoundly distressing and amusing all at the same time. And I also love the one where the jewelry store clerk's daughter dates a guy associated with the jewelry store's recent robbery. Danger ensues...
@Creature Cheeseman A Feast of Snakes by the late, great Harry Crews?
@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I used to travel between NYC and New Orleans a lot via JetBlue, and always managed to take the early morning flight when Bravo had a West Wing marathon on. I swear, that Snuffy Smith theme song brought me to tears each and every last time.
@lobsterhug I just saw him in Austin last month! He gave me nearly two hours of pure joy.
@Decca I've always liked "Return to the Scene of the Crime," especially the part where Dan Savage talks about his mother and chokes up. Fair warning: not to be listened to while on the subway. Also, it's not holiday-y, but one that's always riveting is Adrian Schoolcraft's story on "Right to Remain Silent."
@Porn Peddler Didn't want it to end! I read it because I enjoyed 'The Marriage Plot' so much, but I think I enjoyed 'Middlesex' more?