Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts
My dear friend Laura Benedict has written a terrific novel titled Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts. You should buy it. Really. Especially if you like to be a little afraid, a little on edge. Laura is fearless when it comes to positing morality in a world that has, in many ways, long since abandoned it. Her characters have done bad things and those bad things (read the book if you want to know what they are!) come back to haunt. I think about Robert Johnson and his death at the hand of a jealous boyfriend proffering poisonous liquor. But if lore is to be believed, Robert Johnson made his deal with the Devil seven years before. He also advised musicians to find the ugliest woman in town to stay with during their tenure there because that woman was likely to be a great cook and especially grateful for your company. Okay, he could play a hell of a guitar. But maybe not all of his ideas were fantastic. I've always been terrified of owls given that I once saw a trailer filled with representations of them in every possible nook and cranny. I never saw so many eyes on me at the same time. Laura's book is full of them, examining the soul and bringing retribution. Read this novel and then meditate, as my old preacher used to say, on the holes in your own soul, the way you sell it little by little or all at once.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer." Charlotte's Webb
Drinking suggestion: Any requests for the Friday drink mix? I know what I'm doing this Friday, but I'll take any advice I can get!
Benedictions and Maledictions