Motorman / HOBART's reading log / help with TypePad?
In case you haven't noticed (and who other than Matt Bell has?), we've added a "currently reading" section over there on the righthand sidebar. It's a small move toward what I hinted at in my last post, which is that we are going to try to keep some kind of ongoing "reading log" of what all the Hobart editors read this year. It might be kind of interesting, or it might end that we are the only ones curious, but I love lists and so I'm excited about it.
Along those lines, I am kind of a moron when it comes to typepad and blogging and whatnot and can't figure out how to use their cool and easy books typelist module (type in an ISBN or author name or title and it grabs all the info from Amazon) to create an ongoing log. All I can figure out is how to incorporate it into the sidebar. Anyone?
Finally, one of the books over there under "currently reading" is Motorman by David Ohle. It's rad. I first heard of it when Savannah interviewed him for Hobart, where I read that it was some kind of huge cult book that had been raved about by nearly everyone I love but that I'd never heard of. I've kept hearing about it, here and there, ever since, and am finally digging in. I wish I had the book with me because I wish I could quote some of Ben Marcus' intro but, alas, I do not. It reminds me a little of Evenson and a little of Matthew Derby and a little of Marcus and a little of a ton of author "experimental"/"voice"-driven authors, but in that way where it is a precursor to all of them and you realize you've been reading all these authors who were influenced by something (or influenced by something that itself was influenced by something, etc. ad infinitum) and so it is kind of cool to dig back in the archives a little, and also in that it feels totally, completely contemporary.