Dear reader, life is too short for crap books.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Introducing the Zombie Summer Reading Program
While digging through the closed stacks at my library, I came upon a strange old book with lovely spine art. Now, I watch Angel, and I know that opening strange old books in Los Angeles libraries leads to portal-opening and getting sucked into creepy demon dimensions. Still, I pressed on.
And found tucked inside the front cover no evil portals, but rather, a small envelope filled with x-rays of human teeth. This gave me an idea.
This summer's blockbuster hit is next year's $5.98 remainder at Barnes & Noble, so I wonder, what happened to the smash beach read from 1938 that currently languishes in your grandmother's attic? Is there some unsung classic waiting to be sold by the pound at your neighbor's yard sale?
This summer, I plan to slog my way through the forgotten books of the twentieth century, and you are cordially invited to join me in the Zombie Summer Reading Program. Email your most ghastly, obscure finds to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll post your blurbs.
There are two rules for selecting a book:
1. It must be over 40 years old, and ideally, have a whiff of mold or neglect about it.
2. It must not be written by anyone you've ever heard of.
Will we find the Great American Novel? Will we find actual human teeth?
Stay tuned, dear reader.
When there's no more room in closed stacks, the out-of-print will rise up and walk the earth.