Monday, June 18, 2012

No pretension here!

I just finished reading Charlie Haas' The Enthusiast, a "charming, funny, wise, and real*" novel set in the world of niche magazines. As good as the book is though, the best part may be the P.S. ( a section  Harper Perennial frequently adds to its trade paperbacks). The P.S. usually includes information about the author, additional insight into the book, and questions for reading groups.
                                                                *according to Anne Lamott anyway, and she might know a thing or two about writing...

Haas' P.S. is hilarious: not only does he include a mix tape list with a song for each character, he also has my hands down fav list of book club questions.  Usually, these questions involve such things as motivation, theme, etc. but Haas' are as follows:
Who brought this salad?
Is someone sitting here?
Did we talk about changing to Thursdays?
Is this the nonfat?
What does anyone think about painting this room orange?
Did you read the book? Will it ruin it for you if I talk about it?
 Love it!