Cori R. (zhaneel) wrote in stackofbooks,
Cori R.

Housekeeping vs. The Dirt

Some days, though I try desperately to restrict my library diet to only holds off of my to-read list, I wander around aimlessly looking for books that might drag themselves off the shelf and hitch a ride in my stack. Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby tagged me with its bright colors, small size and odd titling then used my distraction to finagle its way underneath a book on beads I had just been accosted by in the nonfiction aisles.

It's a book about reading books, metareading, if you're into that faux-intelligentsia nomenclature for our thought processes. Nick, the author of High Fidelity and A Long Way Down, writes a monthly column for The Believer and fourteen of these essays are reprinted as this book.

There's just something about his way of speaking, how he discusses Assassination Vacation (he has a bit role as "the smoker from London") then Man on the Moon, a children's book about an astronaut who commutes to the moon, then lambasts his own magazine for failing to appreciate books with negative emotion (shan't have any books like that in -this- magazine, don't you know) and replacing his column one month with pictures. Pictures! The horror.

To be very honest, it's a fine romp of a read. He's witty and entertaining, and who knows, you just might get a book recommendation or two out of it. Especially if you like thrillers.
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