Twisted Spring Reads

First of all, let me just say that I can barely contain my excitement about Lynda Barry's new D+Q book, What It Is, which will come out in just a few weeks. The minute we have it in store, you'll know about it.

In the meantime, let me tell you about two of my new favourite authors, Etgar Keret and Tao Lin.

You may remember that I raved about Keret's The Nimrod Flipout back in January. Well, we've received his new collection of funny/disturbing/poignant/surrealist short stories, The Girl on the Fridge, and it's just as amazingly weird, in a good way. I'm three-quarters through and I just found out that the chief (Mr. Oliveros) is also reading it. Read the opening micro-story about asthmatic declarations of love and the one about the woman who glues herself to her kitchen ceiling and you'll be hooked too!

I don't read much poetry, but I loved you are a little bit happier than i am by Tao Lin, a collection of free verse poems told in a really deadpan tone. At first, Lin's constant existential dread might seem like a downer, but he makes enough references to blanket forts, pouring orange juice on his own face, AOL Messenger and hamsters to offset the gloom and bring some comic relief. In fact, one of the book's most absurdly funny poems is called "you published a one-page comic where someone freaks out while eating breakfast". If you walk by the store and see me longingly staring out the window, you'll know that it's because I'm waiting for Lin's new book, cognitive-behavioral therapy, to arrive...

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