21 March 2009

Things I Like: This Book

I have finally figured it out...my life isn't so boring, or, rather, everyone else's lives aren't that interesting. Rather, they just know how to tell a story better, embellishing the right parts to make it light and funny, even when it's not.

This was the first thought that came to my mind when I read Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake. This series of short stories explores the trials of being a young person starting out in a big city.

I haven't been able to stop thinking about the first story. I don't know if this is common or rare, but I often find myself cleaning things around my house, or throwing things away, in the off chance that I may die that day in a freak bus accident or by getting hit by a car, throwing myself in front of it to save my poochie. You know, typical things. What would I want my parents to find? What would I NOT want them to find? What would cause me to die (well...again, I guess) if they found?

No, seriously, this goes through my head on almost a daily basis. I often think of writing up a little will with explicit instructions on how they are to care for Luca, and what they should dispose of without looking at (that would never work with my mom...she's nosy. She once looked at my diary when I was a kid and said she would never again because she didn't like the language I used. I was in like 5th grade...I probably called a classmate a bitch. She promised to never read it again, but I know if I were to kick the bucket, she would for sure read it. HI MOM!).

Apparently I am not alone. Sloane has these same fears (are they common to everyone? Just people who live in a city and come across strange dangers every day?)...but she has a cool quirk that made me think, man, I need a quirk, too! What kind of quirk could I invent at my advanced age? Then I thought...I have enough issues, to add a quirk onto that may be too much.

Anyway, this book is the bee's knees. It was suggested to me by the Amazon mothership. Try it out....it may make you feel better about your life!

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