Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nailing it.

Two of my favorite Lab Rats have nailed it this week—or maybe I should say others have recognized the fantastic force with which they hit ferrous fasteners.

First, Blythe Woolston posted an homage to Harvey Pekar that turned into a post about R. Crumb that became a post about writing better. And it’s still short—like her books. Amazing. 

And while you’re at her blog, watch the trailer for her novel. On second thought, watch it now:

Second, Forever Young Adult (where has this blog been all my life?) nails how Steve Brezenoff nails it in a reviewing style that, well, nails it:

talky talk: 2 legit 2 quit, motherf*cker

ok, first of all, MAJOR MAJOR pants to steve brezenoff for writing some of the most authentic teen dialogue EVER. and i don’t mean he uses “like” a lot. i mean he uses profanity a lot. A LOT a lot. and it’s completely dynamic and real and would even make a sailor (or FYAer) blush.

second of all, the book is divided up into the three perspectives of lily, noah and the crowned prince of sadness, and brezenoff completely nails each one. and just when you think shizz is real enough, IT GETS REALER. even though the characters are going through the same story, there’s a lot of variance in their accounts due to individual perspectives and baggage. so whenever i spotted a difference between, say, how lily reported something and how simon viewed something, i had a sort of eureka moment, kinda like when the detectives on law & order (RIP) separate two suspects and discover discrepancies in their story. except instead of yelling, “BUSTED!” which i would totally do if i was on law & order, i just felt even closer to lily, noah and yes, even the TCPoS, because i gained a deeper understanding of not only their reactions, but *why* they had those reactions.

We should all be able to acronym with such fluidity. (Earlier in the review, she makes Flowers in the Attic an acronym and a verb at the same time. Chapeau, FYA).

While we’re watching trailers . . .