November 07, 2007

Tales from the Dorkside

Couple three items while I happen to be logged in:

1. King Dork is included among the "21 good books that need to be great films, like now" on this list from the Onion's AV Club.

2. This has been out for a while but I just heard about it. The novelist Adèle Geras, also known blogospherically as the wife of the Norm, fits some very kind words about King Dork into her essay on "Telling Tales" in the Time Out guide to 1000 Books to Change Your Life. Thanks, Adèle!

Oh, and remember a ways back when I met Judy Blume and she signed an Are You There God.. for me? Well, while she was doing that I signed a King Dork for her grandson. She had mentioned that, to her surprise, he had disliked The Catcher in the Rye when it had been assigned to him at school, so he seemed like a prime candidate for it. Turns out, he was into it.

Posted by Dr. Frank at November 7, 2007 05:58 PM | TrackBack

Do people refer to Geras as "The Norm"?

Because that always makes me think of this.

Posted by: Sigivald at November 7, 2007 06:23 PM

I read the AV club column earlier and almost posted a comment to tell you about it.

Posted by: josh at November 7, 2007 11:29 PM

"A couple three things?" Isn't that "Phil Leotardo" from the Sopranos?

Posted by: David at November 8, 2007 02:01 AM

So sorry Frank! I ought to have mentioned it in an email to you. Glad you've seen it now.

Posted by: adele at November 8, 2007 03:15 PM

Frank, his has no bearing on this thread at all, but knowing what a fan of Robyn Hitchcock you are I thought you would like to read this write-up. You probably already bought the box-set though.

Posted by: Zaphod at November 9, 2007 04:48 PM

Hey Frank, do you know whether Blume liked your song (did you explain the connection to the book when she signed it?)? I see that Aaron asked about this in the original thread, but you didn't answer...

Posted by: Nick at November 10, 2007 01:25 AM

I'm totally going to make a poem by mashing up words and phrases from "King Dork" right now.

Body context of fulfilling suicide songs; Brown Sugar's issuing threats and he's making his rounds. Army coat and the Important Truth of her belly: boon to society. Everybody wins! but watch out. kill the circumstances like a lava lamp. victims and opressors, dad's death and scrap metal and old auto parts. Instruct her in the art of the "Star Spangled Banner". Singing about Jesus and I'm not going to kill myself. Comfortable pattern of a robot voice keeps me unconscious in a booth with god-awful-jazz and the secret ages with the freakishly tall school system money. The second hottest one slams my party! Totally! Groovy. Happening. Eccentric funeral of a family; and dry cleaning too. Sitting in a silent cirle, with insensitivity...we mispronounce the back-rub passage.

Posted by: Ben Latini at November 17, 2007 08:27 AM

Re Ben's poem - priceless.

Posted by: David Cummings at November 17, 2007 10:17 PM

Just say "Frank's"


Posted by: farmerted at November 19, 2007 08:53 PM

is your band playing at bottom of the hill? i saw that posted on a radio stations tour calendar...please confirm!

Posted by: mike at November 22, 2007 09:13 AM

Bravo on the love!

Posted by: P at January 3, 2008 11:20 PM