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“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” – Steve Martin

Take Picasso, Einstein, and Elvis, and roll them up in a bar… then write a play.  I think I liked Martin’s female characters better than his use of historical figures.  No precedence for them, but they had more life on the page.

Currently reading Louis de Bernieres.  Lovely.  Slightly off-kilter.  Wonderful use of multiple characters.  “The War in Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts”, considering the setting in a civil war type situation with people trying to wipe out the native population, this could easily slip into a dark realm, perhaps get out a soap box, but de Bernieres so far has managed to skirt around the political by letting the political self-destruct on its own. 

Also currently reading “Giles Goat-Boy” by John Barth.  Tremendous.  The story of Jesus retold on a college campus in the 60s, with a goat and a super-computer.

Simultaneously reading “Skinny Legs and All” by Tom Robbins.  I like Robbins, I really do.  I don’t even need to know what the book is about, just let the words slip by like Jell-O.

 

Books I’ve read that I plan to categorize:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

Been Down so Long it Looks Like Up to Me by Richard Farina

PG Wodehouse

Monty Python scripts

Cold Comfort Farm by Stell Gibbons

Snow White by Donald Barthelme

Roald Dahl

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Man Who Was Thursday

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

Zebra Derby by Max Shulman

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

 

Reading list:

Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

Tristram Shandy

Ella Minnow Pea

The Master and Margarita by  Mikhail Bulgakov

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