Quo Vadimus

Tuesday, April 27, 2004


Book of the Moment. #007:

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America - Steve Almond (2004, Algonquin Books).

Resident QV blurber:

"This book will, yes, make you hungry, but it will also make you grateful—for wit, for self-effacing humor, for joyful obsessiveness, for the precise and loving use of language to crack open and celebrate our oddness—in short, for a writer as funny and big-hearted as Steve Almond. It's about candy, yes, but also it's about America, which seems to be Bigging itself towards mediocrity as it flees from the quirky virtuosic individuality on which it was founded, and of which this book is such a wonderful example." — George Saunders

I should probably check out Almond's story collection, My Life in Heavy Metal, although about a year ago, I flipped through it at a bookstore and saw that the titular story includes a list of "hair metal" bands and the band Britny Fox is spelled "Brittney Foxx". I was, of course, appalled and quickly reshelved it.

posted by Linus | 8:33 AM