Before a recent stretch of travel I had wanted to post about two books I had finished and make it a "Two-fer Tuesday" like they do on WLUP but I missed Tuesday, went out of town and visited NYC and DC and now am back and have a "Three-fer Thursday". So away we go.......and I should note that all of these were read in paper format. The first two were even from the library!
The people of Knockemstiff would probably knock your block off if you showed them pity. They would probably also scrap with you if you ignored them. So it's probably best to read about them and cut them wide berth if you ever meet them in person. They are proud but they know they are not the top of the heap. Some try to better themselves but that can cause their downfall. They may think about leaving, but they don't. Their lives are dangerous but I'm not sure they would feel that way. This one is not for the squeamish but I think Pollock is a great writer and will be on the lookout for other books from him.
David Foster Wallace appears first as another meeting attendee and then as a boyfriend. Interesting to see, in this memoir, pieces that will be woven into "Infinite Jest". Karr also includes other people's poetry at the beginning of each section and I have not read much poetry but really enjoyed the selections she chose. Karr has published poetry so maybe I will read some of that in the future. (And "Lit" was a good non-fiction companion to "Knockemstiff". Even though the people in Karr's book are not as violent, they do share some similarities with the residents in Pollock's stories).