Let’s say that you were looking to kill some time at work today. Hypothetically, of course… We’ve got you covered.
First things first, run out and pick out your cheese-y 70′s action guy name with the Hammer and Coop action name generator. Call me Thor Fisticuffs, please.
I was e-mailing with Wordsmiths’ Russ earlier in the week about book trailers. They’re really commercials, but I guess “trailer” sounds more artistic. There need to be more is what we’re thinking. Here’s a sampling:
- Mystery Guest may win as the funniest book trailer, but I don’t know anything about the book.
- I’ve linked to the King Dork trailer before. I think it does a nice job of summing up the novel’s ethos. Or something,
- Londonstani has a sinister, British hip-hop thing going on. One of these days I’ll read the book.
- While poking around, I came across this trailer for Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys – in Polish.
- This trailer for The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson is pretty awesome.
- If you watch this trailer for The Ghost Map – you just might learn something.
Please pass along other book trailers that we may have missed.
In music news: A friend of mine recently reminded me about a song that I haven’t heard since college. The connection to books is that the song is called Hemingway by a really obscure 80′s band – Blue Clocks Green. It is the most fantastically catchy song about shooting yourself in the head that you’ll hear all week. I guarantee it. Give the song a listen here (skip down to the second song).
Get caught up on the Tournament of Books Round 2 haps. Here’s a recap of what’s happened since our last update:
- The Road trounced Fermin.
- One Good Turn retired The Lay of the Land. The reviewer was not kind to Frank Bascombe.
In today’s round, Sam Lipsyte chooses between Alentejo Blue and Against the Day. Monica Ali or Pynchon?
Finally (because, really, you need to do something today), Steven Hall, the author of The Raw Shark Texts is guest blogging at Powells’ this week. The book has been getting good reviews, and the author is being compared to Mark Z. Danielewski (MZD is one of the Hall’s friends on his MySpace page). “Moby Dick meets the Matrix” is what they’re saying. Which is all very nice, however, the author begins his first guest post with this:
Ahhh blogging, that fantastic digital mash-up of random thoughts, half-baked product placement, free stuff and alcohol-induced slander.
I’m four beers into my evening, so I should point out that I have it on good authority The Raw Shark Texts was written with the blood of kittens that the author strangled in his back yard – with his bare hands – in his underpants – on the dope. Free books. I once had to change a flat in the rain.