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

Cocktail Hour
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
Happy Tuesday!


Anonymous said...

Tequila Sunrise.--Jimmy Boofait

jodi said...

Hiya Hottie, Just remember guys, "if ya wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife, so for my personal point of view, get an ugly girl to marry you". She may be ugly, but she sure can cook! xoxo

the walking man said...

Straight up shots of Jim Beam.

I have that book!

Lana Gramlich said...

Sounds interesting. I'll have to see if I can get our library to order it for the system. :)

Cheri said...

Is Laura's book available locally? Or should it just be ordered via Amazon?

Scott said...


I've always liked owls. there's a line in the bible, I can't remember where, that says something like 'I am a brother to dargons and a friend to owls'...I've always liked that line, but I don't know who said it.

I'd rather order out than hook up with an ugly woman, LOL.

Do you have any drink recipies with Capt. Morgans?

Take care!

Scott said...

I meant 'dragons' above...the dangers of too much wine with blogging, LOL.