That’s right, literati. The best author no one talks about, DBC Pierre, has just released his third novel, Lights Out in Wonderland. It is, according to Pierre, the finale of a trilogy. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two books seeing as they have nothing to do at all with each other—not characters, not theme, not even style, really. You should read the first book, Vernon God Little. You should run to your bookstore and order it (because they probably won’t have it). Then you should devour it and marvel at how Pierre wraps the story up with possibly the best ending in modern fiction. Then you should try (not as hard) to read Ludmila’s Broken English, his second novel. It is really quite good and if VGL hadn’t been so damned amazing, I would have truly been blown away by it as well. Then you should go back to the bookstore where you were smart enough to have ordered all of these titles at the same time and get two copies of Lights Out in Wonderland, one for your own brain and one as a thank you to me for changing your life by introducing you to such great work. I prefer hardcover, but a nice trade paperback would suffice.
On a semi-related note, do any of you make book recommendations as cautiously as I do? I have been burned too many times by people who ask me what they should read, borrow the book off of me and then 1) lose it 2) never read it at all or 3) read about 30 pages before giving it back (elephant-eared, for fuck sakes) and telling me that it really didn’t “do it” for them. Well, you know what really doesn’t “do it” for me? You, you book-borrowing know-nothing elephant-earing motherfucker. Get a goddamned bookmark, a playing card, a scrap of paper for crying out loud. Go to the library and stay out of my study.
On a completely related note, Leigh, I want my Lethem back when you are finished. Bookmark?
Editor’s Note: Hmm, Yumyum sounds a little stressed. His Lethem (which absolutely did “do it” for me) is not elephant-eared! It has, however, seen better days—the pages began falling out the first time I cracked it. It has also, I confess, been re-loaned (but to the most responsible reader and borrower I know, so no fears there). Nonetheless, if it completely disintegrates before it makes it back to him, I will replace it! Now Tasty, go get a massage or something!