Dreams of Recent Months
I had agreed to help a kid who was getting his master's degree
in psychology by talking to his professor about serial killers.
But when the professor called me, he only wanted to ask about
terrorists, and his Texas accent was so strong I could hardly
understand him. Then suddenly I was sitting in a coffeeshop
reading a Shakespeare folio and eating a muffin. I was putting
butter and jam on it and the jam dripped onto the folio pages.
Mark Twain came to the table with a damp cloth so I could clean
it up. I had been drinking coffee but I looked over and saw
that it had changed to a Wild Turkey & soda with one ice
cube so huge that it towered over the glass.
I went to a restaurant that had kitten on the menu. This seemed
like a normal thing; it was a typical New Orleans restaurant
-- shrimp, oysters, kitten. Ice Cube was the chef. They had
live kittens in cages in the kitchen and I wanted to buy them
all to save their lives, but I didn't want Cube to think I was
a sentimental wuss.
Sherlock Holmes was locked in a mausoleum while investigating
a case. He had to spend the night in there with a pretty fresh
corpse, but he didn't mind because he was logical and hardcore.
SOME GOOD READS
THE MUMMY CONGRESS: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting
Dead by Heather Pringle
HOTEL HONOLULU by Paul Theroux
SARAH and THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS
by J.T. LeRoy
THE PROUD HIGHWAY: The Fear & Loathing Letters Vol.
1 by Hunter S. Thompson (edited by Douglas Brinkley)
NEW ORLEANS IN THE FIFTIES by Mary Lou Widmer
HARVEST OF THE COLD MONTHS by Elizabeth David
THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES by Arthur Conan Doyle
DERBY DUGAN'S DEPRESSION FUNNIES by Tom de Haven
A COOK'S TOUR by Anthony Bourdain
SAVAGE BEAUTY: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by
WITH BOLD KNIFE AND FORK by M.F.K. Fisher
BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Katherine Paterson
PACT OF THE FATHERS by Ramsey Campbell