June 07, 2006

Everyone's Entitled to Their Own Opinion


Colleen Mondor's new Bookslut column is about various and quite different recent literary attempts to evoke the high school experience. She reviews several YA novels, including Dairy Queen, Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies), Nailed, and others. There is a very kind review of King Dork at the end of the piece. Thanks, Colleen!

I'm also in the current Onion/AV Club's Random Rules, where you put your iPod on shuffle and talk about the songs that come up randomly. The guy said I was one of the only people he has "done" who didn't have Guided by Voices on there. There is Donovan and Rose Tattoo, though.

Otherwise, here's a pretty enthusiastic review from a 15 year old on Flamingnet.com; Library Girl, initially reluctant, finally surrenders herself to the buzz; Holly found it relatable, but supects that Tom might be a "little bit too precocious"; Scott laughed; on the other hand, Emily disagrees, breaking it down like this: "3/4 excellent read, 1/4 sexist bullshit," which is an even worse ratio than Watership Down, apparently; Mike Dirda of the Washington Post says KD doesn't sound like the sort of YA book he would "press on his kids"; and my name comes up rather confusingly in this gmail exchange between the Reader of Depressing Books and internet liter-auteur Noah Cicero.

Also, don't forget: I'm playing at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Wednesday, June 14th with Uni and Her Ukelele. Flag Day. Paige's birthday. Come on, it'll be fun. It'll be an acoustic set, but there will be books there and I might read something depending on interest...

Finally, that's Kate in the picture. She has a terrific anecdote about how The Catcher in the Rye set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately end with the purchase of a washer and dryer.

Posted by Dr. Frank at June 7, 2006 08:53 PM | TrackBack

How do you find all of these reviews?

Are people sending you links to their own reviews, does your publisher keep track for you, or are you on Google all day?

Posted by: Patrick at June 7, 2006 10:47 PM

How do you find all of these reviews?

Are people sending you links to their own reviews, does your publisher keep track for you, or are you on Google all day?

Posted by: Pat at June 7, 2006 10:47 PM


Also, we are selling books for you at the Rickshaw Stop.

Sometimes going to work is totally rad.

Posted by: jennifer, aka trouble at June 8, 2006 04:59 AM

Yikes! I'm the guy who submitted the question to the Washington Post book chat about King Dork. I would have asked a better question if I had known that it would end up in your blog. Mike Dirda's weekly chat is today at 2:00 EST. Let me know if you have any questions you would like me to submit. Or feel free to submit the questions yourself.

Posted by: Michael at June 14, 2006 04:29 PM

id like to say to kate if you didn't like catcher in the rye, but found that you "loved" salinger's other work, i have a copy of the russian constitution to trade you for that crap that ben franklin and thomas jefferson signed, you'll "love" it.

Posted by: crazy pete the barman at June 15, 2006 08:23 AM

sorry for the repeat posting. furthermore, i have this great dylan album, "self portrait", that i think youll dig, katie . not to mention the follow up to "to kill a mockingbird", beck's "mutations" and the beatles' "battle of john and yoko'. Sid vicious live in new york anyone? how about some of Lincoln's dinner party toasts? we have all the overshadowed works of geniuses you can handle! hey looky here it's warhol's shoe drawings! why waste your time with that soup can, or electric chair? this is a size 7 pump heah!

Posted by: crazy pete at June 15, 2006 08:36 AM