Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Author soul mates

Here at the Rediscovered Bookshop we've been contemplating, for the last couple of months, who each of us is soul-mated to in the literary world. Something akin to matchmaking, if you will. Most of us had an answer automatically;

Wally says that Sara Vowell, author of Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates, is her book partner because of their similar sense of humor infused with irony and wit;

Ty would like to spend the rest of his days with Annie Dillard: he just rants and raves about how poignant and hilarious everything is in The Writing Life;

Paul Theroux's Ghost Train to the Eastern Star sums up people and relationships in way that Ross totally sympathizes with;
And as for myself, I automatically thought of David Sedaris a la Me Talk Pretty One Day: there's just something magical about the cynicism that comes from a slightly dysfunctional family.

Today though, I was thrown for a loop. I've been reading this book called How I Became A Famous Novelist by Steve Hely- once again there's just something about the sarcasm with a cynical twist about the main character's views towards main stream literature that I connect with. This is not to say that I feel connected to the main character, but the voice of the writer is definite.
I went to go look for a biography of Steve Hely, and Wikipedia was the most concrete chunk of information that I found, and while it wasn't much, it sure was astounding: Hely received his G.E.D. while in residence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, and later went on to receive a B.A. at Harvard. During his Harvard years he served twice as president of the Harvard Lampoon. Following graduation he went on to work as a writer for Late Night with David Letterman, Last Call with Carson Daly, and the animated series American Dad.
Following the reading of his mini-biography, I read an interview with Mr. Hely and his co-author of The Ridiculous Race on the Macmillan Publishing website (http://us.macmillan.com/AuthorExtras.aspx?AuthorKey=7269128&m_type=5); every sentence is so bizarre and absurd, and all of a sudden it connected...STEVE HELY IS MY SOUL MATE AUTHOR.
There are some moments in life when you just know that you've found the right one for you, and Steve Hely is my author one!



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