More Crack Please

I haven’t been writing much recently. And for good reason.
I’ve been reading. That’s right, reading.

It never really occurred to me before.
Reading was always something that other people did to something that I wrote.
I considered Reading to be the Yin to my self-absorbed, trite, and never correctly capitalized Writing Yang. It was the half that I didn’t do. Someone had to do it, but it wasn’t going to be me.

I thought my reasons for not reading were pretty good. It’s dangerous to read while you walk. It’s impossible to read while driving. Airplanes are for sleeping. When you do have the time to sit motionless on a couch, you might as well watch TV (Lost - Wednesdays on ABC). So as you can see, that leaves no time for reading.

But that was the old me. Using my old logic. And a TiVo.

Last month I had a breakthrough when I discovered the Crack that is Reading.
I found that if you are reading the right book, you can have quite a pleasant experience. These are the only books I am currently endorsing:

Trading Up: The New American Luxury
by Michael Silverstein, Neil Fiske

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs : A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman

A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole

The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

Behind Everyman
by David Israel

So last night I finished reading “Behind Everyman”.
I enjoyed it thoroughly. Although I must admit that I am still wishing for a “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs 2″…
That reminded me, maybe I should check out Chuck Klosterman’s first book next.
Unless you have a better suggestion. (I’ve heard good things about “Lads: A Memoir of Manhood” by Dave Itzkoff…)

On a related note: will I even have time to read another book or is the world gonna end tomorrow?
NYC is currently experiencing some crazy Book-of-Revelations-type winter weather and I’m a little scared. And cold. In fact, mostly cold. But still a little scared.

UPDATE 03.23.05
If you even care- I have since finished reading and can now endorse:

Naked
by David Sedaris

Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays
by David Sedaris

Lads : A Memoir of Manhood
by Dave Itzkoff
(Well, I’ve almost finished Lads. I intend to finish it later today. And unless the ending sucks, I plan to give it a good recommendation. If you’ve always wanted to read a book about a magazine, check this out.)

3 Responses to “More Crack Please”

  1. Anonymous says:

    At the risk of blowing the young reader’s mind, Klosterman has a new one coming out. Killing Yourself to Live : 85% of a True Story. In July.

    You can pre-order if you’ve got the shakes real bad.

    Israel’s plugging away on his second (yay!) and so is Itzkoff.

    This one looks deliciously promising. It may be my next:
    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Based on a True Story by Dave Eggers.

    And Sedaris. You must read David Sedaris. Yes, Grasshopper. His book leads to humor enlightenment.

  2. Anonymous says:

    mountains beyond mountains. kidder.
    9 stories. salinger.
    immortality. kundera.
    notes from the underground. dostoyevsky

  3. david says:

    i’m glad you enjoyed my novel.

    -david israel