What am I doing for Valentine's Day? I'm watching The Deerhunter. This is partly because Netflix is apparently 'throttling' me, and partly because I want to.
The Pugilist At Rest by Thom Jones
The Goods: A collection of gritty, uncompromising, and richly drawn stories populated by haggard, war-torn anti-heroes, amoral assholes, and pitiful suckers. Thom Jones writes primarily about Vietnam, epilepsy, and boxing, and if you're very very lucky, he writes about them all at the same time.
If you like...: unflinching and horrifying stories about war and what it does to a person, like The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, or books written with swagger like The Liar's Club by Mary Karr, this book is for you.