Sunday, February 21, 2010
This Book Will Change Your Life - Twenty Stories by Kristin Fouquet.
Last night we went to the book release party for David Masciotra's new book Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen. It was awfully fun, with much music, Masiotra supporters, beer and the Jason Fisk, and we will have more about the book and David soon. We promise, but the main reason we are telling you about all this is because the release was in Joliet, yes that Joliet, which meant taking a train, which meant time for writing, sweet, and reading, and we read a lot, including Night Soil Man, the first story from the Big Lonesome by Jim Ruland, which was just heartbreaking, and Chapter Three of the Truth or Something Like It, the engrossing new novel by Curtis Smith, both of which we will touch on here some time soon as well. We promise, but today, and right now, we are going to focus on Twenty Stories by Kirstin Fouquet, which is such a terrific blend of music, sex, humor and alcohol, that just might sound a bit like the book release party itself, except that unlike David's focus on Bruce, Kristin's focus is on New Orleans and these stories about jazz singers, adulterers, cross-dressers and writers not only reinforce, but expand everything you think you know about the city and the people who live there.