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  • Ethical Aspects of Animal Husbandry
    Ethical Aspects of Animal Husbandry
    by Craig Terlson

    A collection of short stories where the humour runs dark and the slipstream bubbles up.

     

    ...imagine if Raymond Carver called up George Saunders and Joe Lansdale, and they all went drinking with Neil Gaiman.

  • Correction Line
    Correction Line
    by Craig Terlson

    “… it's clear that Terlson is way ahead of the curve in terms of crafting an engaging premise that reaches for elevated territory and reinvents enduring archetypes of action and suspense.”  J. Schoenfelder


    "Sometimes brutal, often demanding and always complex, this novel will repay the reader who likes their assumptions challenged and is happy to walk away from a book with minor questions unanswered but the big ones definitely dealt with! It’s likely to satisfy those who enjoy Hammet and/or Philip K Dick and who like their fiction very noir indeed."   Kay Sexton

     

    "I love a novel that you can't put down, and this is one of them."  L. Cihlar

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Wednesday
Jun062007

Cormac and Oprah

mccarthy.jpg I watched my first complete episode of Oprah yesterday. The reason: Cormac McCarthy first ever interview on television. I wasn't sure what to expect. I have been amazed and moved by his books, by their bleakness and beauty - what would he be like? What would he sound like?

In the end, it was a decent interview. Oprah might get slagged for some of her inane, cliched questions, but she seemed somewhat respectful. I was left wondering why McCarthy said yes. He is known to never talk about his work, and that did come across as he dodged a few questions, or at least alluded that there was no reason to explore them (ie: the role of women in his fiction).

So I'll leave the media type to sift through the event, or non-event, and make their judgements. What grabbed me was his talking about not wanting to have the sort of job that you just fill in time - it was voiced oddly as "avoiding work". Anyone who writes seriously knows the amount of work it demands. But CM said that we only get one shot at this (life) and he wanted to spend it doing something he enjoyed.
I wholeheartedly agree.

And he has been willing to forgo the materialistic needs of money and stuff, to walk this path. I admire that. Now of course, he did get the Macarthur Fellowship, and with Oprah's help, The Road probably sold a few million copies. Somehow, though, I don't think he is out there buying a big screen TV and a SUV.

Great writer. And he seems like a pretty fine human being.

Another take on the interview

Monday
Jun042007

Southpaw

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Okay.... I am BACK. And I am thinking about baseball again. A few months back I talked about DeLillo's Underworld and the prologue known as Pafko at the Wall. For me, it is the most stunning prologue I have ever read - but I am bias, I love anything DeLillo writes and I love reading about baseball.

The odd thing, I rarely watch baseball anymore. I'll catch a live game once in a while with the local AAA club, but almost never on TV. Reading about baseball in novels is somehow even more riveting than watching a game. A friend remarked recently that it is a tedious game, and I guess it can be. But that's because so much of the tension is buried. To enter into a game you need to know all the back stories, what the pitchers record is versus the batter's percentages; where the team is placed in the standings, and other such stats. But more than that its good to know who's coming out of rehab or who beat up who in a bar fight.

I am thinking about this as I read another great baseball book: The Brothers K by David James Duncan. I used to pitch hardball. I wasn't that good, but I am left handed, so at least that seemed cool. And it's true, most left handed pitchers do have a natural curve ball. I used to watch my curve balls sail over me on their way out of the park. But the cool thing was I was a southpaw, just like Sandy Koufax and Vida Blue - an aside, how cool of a name is that? Now pitching for the Oakland Athletics...VIDA BLUE! (You can hear the echo...blue, blue,blue).

The father in The Brothers K is a southpaw who ends up pitching for the White Sox before his career goes south. I delight in reading the mechanics of fastball pitches, forkballs, sliders, inside brush backs, and throwing junk.

Next time, I'll post an excerpt from some of my baseball fiction.

Monday
May282007

Not dead yet.

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Please do not adjust your screen,or smack the side of your computer.
Woofreakinhoo is not dead, nor dying - I have been working on a killer deadline. I am almost there.

Like MacArthur and the Terminator... I shall, um, be back.

Cheers.

Tuesday
May152007

2BR02B

Vonnegut.jpg Part two in my ongoing - Beginnings series.

I've been thinking a lot about Vonnegut since his death. He was a key influence on me in my early twenties. I devoured every book of his and even illustrated mock book covers for illustration projects (I was in art school at the time). But like Philip K. Dick, another early obsession, I grew tired of the voice.
I realize now that I just needed to get away from it for a while.
These days, I delight in exposing my son to Vonnegut - he is reading him much earlier than I did. I am also rediscovering the brilliance of his work.

Recently Vonnegut's story 2BR02B was posted at Project Gutenberg.
(Read the title aloud using the word "not" for zero)
It's a stunning opening, full of the Vonnegut twist.

Everything was perfectly swell.

There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no
poverty, no wars.

All diseases were conquered. So was old age.

Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.

The population of the United States was stabilized at forty-million
souls.

Down to forty million from what three hundred or so? Maybe things are not so swell after all.
Here's the link to the complete text:
2BRO2B

Monday
May142007

no-freakin-kidding

I am a bit of a word geek - I subscribe to the Webster word of the day, and I don't even mind publicly declaring that. I thought yesterday's word was very fitting for my little cyber-corner.

infix \IN-fiks\ noun

: a derivational or inflectional affix appearing in the body of a word

Did you know?
Like prefixes and suffixes, infixes are part of the general class of affixes ("sounds or letters attached to or inserted within a word to produce a derivative word or an inflectional form"). Infixes are relatively rare in English, but you can find them in the plural forms of some words. For example, "cupful," "spoonful," and "passerby" can be pluralized as "cupsful," "spoonsful," and "passersby," using "s" as an infix. Another example is the insertion of an (often offensive) intensifier into a word, as in "fan-freakin'-tastic."
Such whole-word insertions are sometimes called infixes.

Well, who-freakin-knew?