Book Log – Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

I’m a little more self-aware than usual writing this, because this book is about a reclusive singer who contacts someone who posted a review of his work online.

So, Nick, if you’re reading this, thanks. You’re awesome. I’ve loved everything you’ve ever written, except Fever Pitch which I couldn’t get through, because it was like you were writing another language. I especially miss your Believer column.

I liked this one a lot. It hasn’t replaced About a Boy or How to Be Good or High Fidelity, in my rankings but it’s still great.

I have to tell you, I got mixed up. I thought this was one of your entries in the Young Adult category (and honestly, Slam shows me you know how to do that genre really well, at least, from the perspective of someone who isn’t in that demographic), but got confused when it was about middle-aged people. That seemed bold, risky. But then, I guess, I was just mistaken. It’s just a regular book.

A really good regular book, I mean.

Maybe you could figure out how to write that Young Adult book that’s about a bunch of middle aged people. Might be an interesting challenge. Think about it.

Or maybe you could just re-brand this one. It’s got “naked” in the title, so it’ll at least pique their interest.

Book Log – Tom Stoppard Plays: 5

Tom Stoppard Plays: 5 by Tom Stoppard

A collection including Arcadia, The Real Thing, Night & Day, Indian Ink, and, one of my top 5 favorite plays, Hapgood.

Seriously, why hasn’t anyone done Hapgood around here? Stacey looks at me pitifully when I’ve asked her that repeatedly over the 13 years I’ve known her. She just doesn’t think it would sell, or something. Ha! Tom Stoppard! Spies! Intrigue! Humor! Strong female lead!

I saw a production at Northwestern that was perfect. I guess I’m just asking for trouble wanting to see it again.

Anyway, the other plays in here are good, too.