Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Boombox Tattoos, All-Men Book Clubs and Family Circus Movies

I’ve been busy — attended a lot of weddings in the last month, including photos as evidence. As a result I have a lot of ground to cover in this post.

1. Two Dollar Radio — a small, family-owned, Columbus-based book publisher — is offering free lifetime subscriptions, all the work they’ve ever released or ever will release. All you have to do is tattoo their logo on your body.

Eric Obenauf, its publisher, explained the idea on their blog.

“It will hopefully grant the brandisher some credibility in literary circles as well as a hipness factor in social settings. Plus,” he adds, “it’s a conversation-starter: I don’t know how many times I’ve had to answer the question, ‘Is that a boombox on your wrist?’”

I have two tattoos (you’ll never see them unless I’m wearing a white textured tank top, commonly called a wifebeater) and I swore to never add a third. Now, I’m seriously reconsidering. (It helps that the publisher’s books and the logo are pretty sweet.)

2. Two e-books now cost more than their hardcover versions.

While it’s too soon (and an enormous exaggeration) to call this a “sign of things to come.” It may eventually become a fallacy to call e-books the cheap option.

3. Did you know that Cleveland has an old-money, no-girls-allowed book club that meets near the intersection of Euclid and Prospect that meets every Wednesday? Me neither.

They are called the Rowfant Club.

Here’s what one woman who was invited to speak to them had to say about it.

4. McSweeney’s has a new crop of columnists. (I will miss Bitchslap: A Column About Women and Fighting.)

The most promising of the new class is The Cosby Codex, which hopes to give “a definitive theoretical reading of The Cosby Show.”

A sample:

The question viewers are left with, logically, is what event(s) transpired within the Huxtable’s universe between “Pilot” and “Goodbye Mr. Fish” that placed the first world under erasure and brought about the second world? That question is never firmly resolved (I, for one, suspect that Rudy Huxtable, who is always figured as a sort of Faustian figure within the larger Huxtable narrative, had something to do with it, a point which I will explore shortly).

5. Who thought a Family Circus movie would be a good idea?

-Jason Lea, JLea@News-Herald.com

P.S. No the arm with the boombox tattoo is not me. The rest of the photos are.

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