Geeking out on a dreary Monday

But really, how can you not be just a little bit tickled by the realization that almost everything is even funnier when said in Latin. For example:

In dentibus acticis frustrum magnum spinaciae habes.

Which means: You have a big piece of spinach in your teeth.

or

Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum.

Which is to say: Garbage in, garbage out.

On the other hand, somethings are amusing in Latin, and just even funnier translated back to English.

Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est. –Yes, that is a very large amount of corn.

Fine. I’m a geek. Vescere bracis meis.

80 years, $100

Every New Yorker ever. Eight fully-searchable DVD-ROMs. Wow.

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One Of These Things is Not Like the Other

My old friend Trav (I guess I should say D. Travers Scott to convey the authorial gravitas) has a new book coming out. If One Of These Things is Not Like the Other is anything like his previous book, Execution, Texas 1987, it will be dark, sexy, and erudite.

His publisher describes it thusly:

One of These Things deals with similar themes as Execution — family, masculinity, identity, faith — but in a more fantastical narrative. An alternate timeline whose technological advancements are just out of step with our own.

A set of quadruplet brothers are raised in rural isolation by their older, but also identical, father. All share the same name.

Now in their 20s, the sons are shocked by their father’s unexpected suicide — and his claim that one of the brothers is not their brother. He is not family. He is an unrelated outsider.

From different corners of the U.S. they converge on Gravesend, NJ, to meet the woman who may have answers. Maybe more answers than the men want.

Suicide, homicide, fratricide, incest — it’s a love story. And a page turner. With very dark humor. Hell, it’s better than Cirque de Soleil.

David Lynch meets Neil Bartlett? A Tennessee Williams-penned Twilight Zone episode with a Magnetic Fields soundtrack? Clive Barker meets Brazil meets Fight Club? David Cronenberg directs a queer Ordinary People?

Actually, Scott calls it his “twisted take on Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: a satire on American Manifest Destiny and the cult of masculine individualism, disguised as a thriller.”

So color me intrigued! There is more info on the book here, and Trav is also blogging the whole process of promoting it.

Trav has a few readings coming up in Seattle as part of a fairly substantial book tour. We will be hitting the Bailey Coy reading but catch whichever you can. You won’t regret it!

Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm
Double bill with Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco (Killing Me Softly)
Bailey/Coy Books, 414 Broadway Ave. E.
Afterparty at The Bus Stop, 508 E. Pine

Tuesday, June 21, 8:30 pm
Seattle Spit Pride readings with Rebecca Brown, Adrian Ryan, and T. Morgan, PLUS erotic writing contest and open mic
The Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike

Tuesday, June 21, 9:30 PM
Get Lit! readings series kickoff with Kurt B. Reighley, It’s Mark Mitchell, Hannah Levin, Derek Pappas, Steve Wieking, Dan Dembeziak, Christopher Frizzelle, Ian Sherman, and Gary Zinter.
The Bus Stop, 508 E. Pine

Spreading the VD Love

Well today is the day where, traditionally, we spread the love of VD!

Ok, did you know that St. Valentine’s day is no longer a official Catholic Holiday? And hasn’t been since 1969 (Damn Vatican II)? Did you know that the Catholic church doesn’t even really know who or what St. Valentine was? Did you know that St. Valentine’s Day is actually based on a Roman festival, Lupercalia, where men drew women’s names out of a hat and got to shack up with the chick for the rest of the year! But I guess some Pope did not like that idea, so he changed it around to meet the Church’s needs…go figure!

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