The man, Alex, laughed. The woman, named Marybeth, said, 'I'm an animal lover, and let me tell you that it's detrimental to give a dog beer. It should be against the law.'
... Watt said, 'Yes. Yes it is. I know that. It was a joke, Marybeth. I was only kidding.'
Marybeth looked at the camera and said, 'Okay. Well. Twenty-four puppies! Coming up next, we're going to show y'all how to bake the perfect peach cobbler.'
Watt Pinson would remember this segment as being the most effortless, the easiest, the most almost lifelike."
You read it here, in "Runt," the opening story in George Singleton's new collection of short stories, Drowning in Gruel. He'll be signing in Memphis at Burke's Book Store on Wednesday, June 28th.
If you've got more books than shelf space, think of donating them to the New Orleans Public Library. The library is looking for hardbacks and paperbacks, and books that the library can't use will go to fund-raising efforts or directly to families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Tell the post office you're making a donation, and your shipment can go library rather than book rate. You'll be saving on postage, and you can write the donation off your taxes.
The address is New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112-2007, attn: Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations. For more information, go here.
So says the press release for Rain, the third installment of Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa. Rain is the latest graphic novel available at comic-book shops, conventions, and the authors Web site and it's from husband-and-wife team Martheus and Janet Wade of Memphis. He's the graphic artist; she's the co-writer and inks her husband's drawings.
And Shianndrea (I swear I saw someone wearing that nametag at Mapco, the other day.)? She's a "female butt-kicker." The earth's future is in her hands. You've been warned.