Literary Karaoke

The Best of The Week

What is in the headspace of ad writers these days? More and more I am seeing ads which dissuade me from purchasing the wares advertised, essentially by telling me that this product will make your life miserable, or that this is a product for the kinds of idiots we showcase enjoying it. Of late, two in particular have exemplified this sense.

First, there's the latest Subaru ad, showing a dad offering his small child the dream of moving up from his toy car to driving the real car. It starts off happy enough, driving by jealous neighborhood kids, but almost instantly it turns into a series of reminders of how much it sucks to have a car to drive. First, now the dad needs to be picked up at 6; then the kid is stuck in a traffic jam during a downpour; then he's running up too late to stop the meter maid from ticketing the car; then he has to buy the groceries, which, naturally fall out through the bottom…

The Drowning Girl is a fictional memoir of madness, haunting and loss written by Caitlín R. Kiernan. The novel was published in 2012 by Roc Books (an imprint of Penguin). It was nominated the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award. It won the Tiptree Award and the Bram Stoker Award.

As you might suspect from all those award nominations, the novel is really…

Good Grief, Charlie Brown is the second Peanuts animated special, aired March 23, 1966. It was never rerun; it is not known whether any copy or recording besides the original CBS archival copy survives. When asked today, representatives of the Schulz estate differ on whether they even admit its existence — not because of an attempt to suppress it, but out of simple ignorance. The show was intended as a back story and introduction to the Peanuts world; on the heels of the phenomenal…