Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator


Every few years, the good people at Coudal Partners roll out their Field-Tested Books feature. FTB is where they ask people to describe their experience of reading a particular book at a particular time and place. I've been privileged to contribute to the feature in the past, and this year, my entry -- and a sad, strange little thing it is -- joins some outstanding short essays by the likes of Joe Meno, E. Jean Carroll, Andrei Codrescu, Jessa "Bookslut" Crispin, Jim DeRogatis, James Finn Garner, Ben Greenman, Kevin Guilfoile, Lee Klein, Will "Deadspin" Leitch, Jonathan Messinger, and Mike Sacks, as well as pals of mine like Anne Logue and Nathan Rabin, and many many more.

As if that's not enough, you can watch a video about the making of this year's Field-Tested Books poster (which is also available for purchase); you can check out the index which contains an index of all FTB entries from the past and present; you can contribute your own Field-Tested Book story; and, best of all, you can buy a Field-Tested Books book, a lovely bound edition featuring some choice entries from the FTB series, and what's more, part of the proceeds go to First Book, a charity that buys new books for underprivileged kids. Why not pick one up? You'll be doing literacy a favor, and that ain't bad.

So go check it out, won't you, friends? Field-Tested Books is one of my favorite things in the world -- it's not the biggest project I've ever worked on, but it's really great, and it's something I'm proud to be a part of. Thanks!

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