At Needles and Pens on 16th Street, heard Pete Jordan read from his new book, Dishwasher and talk about the beauty and ugly of dish washing in 33 states--he's even washed dishes kosher style! He now lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two year old. He does the dishes at home. After all, he's the pro--his wife got tired of him doing them and then having him come in and redo them.

Authors who have influenced him--Mark Twain (he's read 26 of his books), Raymond Carver, Charles Bukowski and, currently, John McPhee.

On the way home from the reading we got sidetracked passing by a bar with a sign propped up in front saying, What's Your Poo Telling You?

What's Your Poo Telling You?
is a book written by Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D., illustrated by Peter Ackle. Apparently no reputable bookstore would have them so they had to stake out a bar instead.

And, in case the book, filled with descriptions of "poop types" didn't take people's appetites away, in the back was a table with little hamburgers like they make at the tapas restaurants.

Amid the buzz of nongrossed out hamburger eaters I was able to identify author Josh Richman and, while he signed three books for an appreciating fan, I asked him for his favorite book. His answer--Inherit the Wind, no passing gas puns intended. The book, which is actually a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee about the court case of 1925 about teaching evolution in school. The title comes from Proverbs 11:29,

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind:
and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart

This image, from happycarpenter.blogs.com , explains a lot.

1 Comment:

Special K said...

I was a dishwasher once. It was the WORST! Especially because I do not now live in Amsterdam. Or have a book deal.

LOVE Inherit the Wind, it's one of my favorite plays.

Sorry about the Poison Oak, hope everything is back to normal soon (made for a great story, though!)