Project Let’s Improve Sellers: Report #2

Installment two of a semi-regular guide to how I’m edifying myself this summer.


1. Oh What a Paradise It Seems, John Cheever

2. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris


1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon.

Thoughts? Bought and greedily consumed with the force of ten water buffalo feeding in a Vietnam rice paddy. Impressive, to say the least, but I’m not sure it merited a Pulitzer Prize. Parts of this book read like Jackie Collins twiddle, and Chabon is given to fits of verbal wankery. But it’s a swell read.

2. Inside the Whale and Other Essays, George Orwell

Thoughts? Found within the well-stocked bookshelves of my pals in Alsager, England, these essays about Orwell’s signature peeves (e.g. imperialism, England’s class system) are by and large too political to be greatly enjoyed by the footloose and fancy-free Angry John Sellers. But one of the better pieces supplied me with my putdown du jour: frabjous ass. As in, “You, sir, are a frabjous ass for laughing when I dribbled rum raisin on my white trousers.”

3. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

Thoughts? Nearly ashamed to say I enjoyed this book, which I power-slammed in three sittings. Austen’s a cutie.


I put too much Marmite on my toast!