Reading Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby, Jr. It's a collection of short stories. He saw the movie back in the 90's and found it disturbing, but a friend of his just finished reading it and and loaned it to him. The stories, he says, are bleak, but poetic. It's written not with normal punctuation, but how people speak--challenging, but well worth it after you find the rhythm of the book.

Recently he read In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote, which he enjoyed and Geek Love, by Katherine Dunn, which he liked for the beautiful writing and the vivid images--he called it "highly cinematic."

He tried to read Fierce Invalids in Hot Climates, by Tom Robbins, but after a hundred pages he still couldn't get into it. The other Tom Robbins books he's read were immediately engaging--Skinny Legs and All and Jitterbug Perfume.

If he had to name a favorite book it would be To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.