Thursday, May 03, 2007

Speaking of speaking

Callie's set to speak (sans hype) about Marisha Pessl's Special Topics in Calamity Physics (now out in paperback); meanwhile, Ed doesn't speak so well when face-to-face with a pretty girl. Some friends of mine, I think, last I heard, were kicking off a weekly ("weekly" being synonymous here with "hardcore") book club with Special Topics. I've spoken about the book once or twice before, and despite the odd plummeting of my opinion since I read the book (see also my comment to Callie's post), I've remained oddly intrigued by the ongoing (re-)evaluation of the book.

I do admit I think it's funny that discussions about the book have to be explicitly not about the conversation about the book's hot author's great hair. For what it's worth, if I ever get a book of my own published? You people can talk about my great hair all you want. I'm okay with that.

5 comments:

ed said...

With all due respect, bullshit. Ms. Pessl's attractiveness was not a factor in what went down. But I nevertheless take full responsibility.

amcorrea said...

Now that I think of it, what really doomed the book for me were the comparisons to Donna Tartt's The Secret History. The two shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath, let alone the same book review.

Darby M. Dixon III said...

Ed: I assure you, I was speaking tongue-in-cheek. No offense intended.

Ana: I'm going to have to read that one sometime...

amcorrea said...

Do! It's what "Special Topics" wants to be when it grows up.

ed said...

No worries, Darby. Self-flagellation often comes at the expense of healthier self-deprecation. :)