|September, 2002 - Some
Ian Gray Gets Echopractic With
My Idea of Fun
Will Self -1993
Often overlooked by mainstream readers, (perhaps
because he's British, but more likely because of his disturbing
honed-tungsten cinematic prose) , Will Self briefly carved
his name in the wet concrete of Martin Amis' 90's fame in
America. In fact, he upended whole sections of the sidewalk,
and made it look better. In "My Idea of Fun", Self
explores the sickening soul of modern life --- marketing and
cash --- through the eyes of the central character, Ian Wharton.
Ian starts out a normal enough guy, but with help from a mysterious
figure most often referred to as "The Fat Controller",
Ian and the reader careen around the edges of psychosis, aided
by the solid, but pyrotechnic verbage of Mr. Self.
J.G. Ballard - 1996
It's likely that with time, J.G. Ballard will
move from the realm of respected best-selling author to literary
legend. For now though, we still get to enjoy his living genius.
Cocaine Nights takes the classic murder mystery and marinates
it in a sun-baked surreality set in Spain. Not far into the
story, it's hard to decide which is more evil, the as yet
un-named villain, or the mindless and well-monied lifestyle
he's setting out to destroy. In spite of it's very "eighties"
sounding title, this book is a modern classic, not confined
by a period in time, other than moderninity.
|A Parliament Of Whores
P.J. O'Rourke - 1991
Yes, he's a Republican, but sometimes it's
hard to tell. Snatching the filthy bedclothes from the fat,
sweaty, greedy, grunting body that is the U.S. Government,
P.J. O'Rourke does an excellent job of reminding us who the
government doesn't serve anymore, and why we wrote that pesky
Constitution in the first place. Speaking of The Constitution,
some time take another look at it. See if you can tell if
the parts about the King of England are in fact about the
King, or the Bush family. Mr. O'Rourke also dredges up some
campaign gems like when Ted Kennedy tried to sloganeer with
"Where Was George" motifs by saying things like
"...as the administration secretly plotted to sell arms
to Iran, WHERE WAS GEORGE..." or "...when the administration
tried repeatedly to slash Social Security, WHERE WAS GEORGE..."
To which the Republicans reponded with a T-Shirt that said:
"DRY, SOBER, AND HOME WITH HIS WIFE".