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I can't resist

Normally I try to keep my family out of this blog as much as possible, but I can't resist sending a shout-out to my brother-in-law, who won the National Book Award for his novel Europe Central last night.

Congratulations, Bill. I wish I could write half as well as you. I'll drink a pint or three in your honor today, and I look forward to sharing one with you in person next week.


Naturally, he is no way genetically related to you.

That's usually the case with brothers-in-law, Bailey... except in West Virginia.

That is so amazing! Congrats to your brother-in-law. Is this the same one who reviewed the Pol Pot book?


Sorry, just pointing out the obvious. Your book would be entitled "Why Big Daddy Dubya is My Personal Lord and Savior" -- no sales on that one, except on the Rush website.

Yep, exactly. In fact I'm proofing the galleys as we speak. Problem is, the editor doesn't want me to capitalize "Lord" or "Savior." Why won't you let Dubya into your heart, Bailey? Only He can make things right.

Barry, how dare you suggest such a thing. Clearly, Bailey is already traumatized from letting Bush into his colon.

Show a little sensitivity, willya? That's all I'm sayin'.

Barry--your brother's book looks very interesting. This quote sold me:
Vollmann won the fiction award for Europe Central, which deals with the moral choices of Germans and Russians during World War II. The judges said it was "heroic art" about "totalitarian ugliness.

This is exactly the kind of stuff I've been looking for more of. I'm going to Amazon.com the second I finish writing this comment.

> I'm going to Amazon.com the second I finish writing this comment.

Dammit! I knew I should've put that Amazon affiliate link in that post. ;-)

The only difference is, apotheosis, I object when he sticks it in me, while you wave your arms with a big goofy smile on your face and shout "Go Big Daddy, go!"

Perhaps if you weren't so damn bitchy about the oil situation, he wouldn't be so stingy with lubricants.

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