Thursday, December 16, 2010

Spotted: The Natural Disorder of Things by Andrea Canobbio

Just how hard is it to spot "the natural disorder of things?" Piece of cake—especially when it comes to the MTA at rush hour.
Where: Q-train
Who was reading: A gray haired man wearing, among other things, a brown pair of sneakers.
How many of my coworkers own the exact same kind of sneakers? Two that I know of.
Coincidence? Not likely! Says coworker #1: "I was looking to buy a new pair of sneakers when I saw [coworker #2] with this cool pair. So I was like, 'Hey man, those are some sick shoes!' And he was like 'Thanks bro, I know, right?' And I was all, 'Are they waterproof? and he was like "You know it!' and we hi-fived. Afterwards, I made haste to procure a pair for myself."
Is that an actual quote or did you just make it up? Impertinent questions will be answered at the author's discretion in the Comments section following this post.
Back to the book: "Intelligently engrossing." writes the LA Times, "Comes to a breakneck, virtually cinematic conclusion that knots all the plot's threads into a convincing, though shockingly unexpected, dramatic conclusion, giving way to a reflection too bittersweetly true to reveal."
Not to get all meta . . . but I totally don't see that happening with this post. <frowning face>


  1. A couple other things that are "too bittersweetly true to reveal":

    1) The authors that spoke to you in your early 20s will stop speaking to you as you (and they) age. See: Chuck Palahniuk, Chuck Klosterman.

    (a) On second thought, maybe it's just Chucks.

    2) Best Coast has somehow convinced the world that tuneless songs about talking cats that even the Ramones think are too simplistic qualifies as one of the best indie albums of 2010.