Liz and Gianna are two of a dying breed--traveling sales reps for book publishers--who sell books in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and the Deep South. Since we're constantly on the road hawking books, we must find ways to amuse ourselves. So here we've decided to share our anecdotes, adventures, favorite books, and efforts in making the world (or at least these few states) a more literate place to inhabit.
It's important to know who your friends are. It's also important to know who your friends may not be before you even bother to try. So if someone says, "Oh, I don't like short stories," I think, "Well maybe they just haven't read a good one...or are even embarrassed to say they haven't read any." Now if someone says "I don't like Flannery O'Connor," I know right off that I won't be friends with that person. Lovers? Yeah, probably. But we will not be friends. I have pretty high standards (very low morals). This concludes my lesson in pre-judging people and before you ask...yes it's worked pretty well for me. I have two friends.[I'm her friend! Not her lover. I actually have a similar book/friend test, but it's a negative correlation: my close friends are the ones who loathe Confederacy of Dunces. Unlike Gianna, though, I won't be sleeping with Dunce lovers either. And yes, I'm still single.]
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Yeah, I'm one of those people. I'm fascinated by her life, and I love her writing, and she's one of the few authors I'll reread. I know there are better reviewed, more academically revered works by Woolf, but Mrs. Dalloway is the book that sings to me, and it's the basis for one of my other favorite books, Michael Cunningham's The Hours. Hell, I even like the movie version of Mrs. Dalloway. There's a strong chance that I'll some day have a cat named either Clarissa or Septimus. If I won the lottery, the first thing I'd do is purchase a signed first edition of Mrs. Dalloway. As for Virginia Woolf, I admire her talent and her courage. And she signed books with a purple-inked pen. I love the purple.