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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Joe Caldwell's The Pig Did It!! Funny, sweet, lyrical..and don't just take my word for it. This just in:
“I never thought for an instant that any pig would replace P.G.Wodehouse's Empress of Blandings in my affections.Shove over, Empress, Caldwell's Irish pig is my new love. Caldwell has achieved the impossible with poetic ascents to the peaks of hilarious prose. If for nothing else read this book for weight loss.You will laugh your arse off."—Malachy McCourt
The spectacular Sacred Games is just out in trade paperback. The P.S. section is full of info on Vikram's inspirations for this book as well as his favorite Bollywood movies. I can send you a 3 p. Word doc with the P.S. highlights if you're interested.
My favorite Xmas album is by, believe it or not, Jorma Kakounen. Yes, formerly of Hot Tuna. BUT, my favorite general listening now is the original Jonathan Edwards album, with Sunshine, Athens County, Shanty and the beautiful Sometimes in the Morning. He is still out performing and gives a wonderful, happy show! Here's his 2008 schedule so far.
A friend of mine says that Orleans' former member John Hall (not of Hall & Oates) is now a Congressman, and the NYT reports that Robert Leonard, formerly of Sha Na Na, is now a linguist detective AND the basis for a character in the most recent Kathy Reichs' novel!