Fartsy


You’re all welcome to A Reading Room, the bloggy book club. It’s up, and it’s your job to get it running. I’m still working on it, and I am yet to send invites to club members, so please let me know (by email) if you want to read and write with us. Our first book is The Shack. The book list is pretty smart if I do say so myself, and thank you Suzie for the awesome ideas. Email me with book suggestions: amberhaines@gmail.com, and also let me know if you would rather gouge your eyeballs out than read what we’ve picked so far. Please, please, you know this is not a girlie bookclub for the weak-hearted. We’re reading McCarthy, and yes, we will cry reading it, but come on, boys can be in our club, too.
Something else: There are these super cool guys who review films, and they L-O-V-E Jesus in that cussy kind of I’ve-been-in-the-pit sort of way. They’re complete strangers to me, though friends of some of my friends, and they’re my brothers. Has a movie review ever made you cry? Or has a review made you laugh until you slobbered on your keyboard and made the f stop working for a while? I’m not kidding, more than movies, you get what you feel are pieces of the writers that can only come out when art moves them out – as if a piece of art tangles into the brain near where we keep secrets, so to speak of the art is to tell of ghosts, what we saw as children out of the corner of our eye, or of deep, hard crushes and that wind that caught your breath the first time you realized God, those things that only art could shove out into the seeing/hearing world. Go here: Three Hands in the Popcorn Bag.
And once again, the song and the conversation at The Common Guild is a catchy kick in the pants.
These three blogs are forevermore in my bloglines under Fartsy. 
Not to change the subject, but see here for some stuff that is actually changing the world, one bent-over sling of a hoe at a time.

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11 Comments

the hamster
Reply July 23, 2008

amber - wow. i REALLY appreciate your recommendation to our site. we've wondered if anyone has even seen the site yet. so far, it's just been us three yahoos bantering back-n-forth in half-sombers and half-sillies. we're planning some ridiculous trio reviews next week - then back to the films that we actually care about. stick around. it's nice having friends in the neighborhood.

myleswerntz
Reply July 23, 2008

what hamster said: that's the coolest compliment our writing has been paid ever, I think. yep, i can't think of a cooler one off hand, so this is definitely it. the best is yet to come.

John Barber
Reply July 23, 2008

Ditto Tweedledee and Tweedledum above. THREE HANDS started as a gag between the three of us as a way to chat about the crapola we spend too much time on anyway. It's nice to know that there are other folks getting some enjoyment out of it. Serious thanks for the compliments. And for being called Fartsy. That's more appropriate than you could ever know...

Anonymous
Reply July 23, 2008

I caught up on your blog today. Word jewels. Delicious. Never ever in all my mama life did I imagine such a gift to my son. Daddy-O got it right when he first laid eyes on you and said, "Whoa. She's the one."
S

Olivia
Reply July 23, 2008

Amber,

I think the blog book club sounds awesome, but do you all know each other in person? I'd like to join it, but would feel weird doing so if everyone else knows everyone else.

Your blog continues to be completely awesome, by the way. I love reading it.

- Olivia

Seth
Reply July 24, 2008

Olivia! No way! Some of us know each other but most don't. That's why this thing is going to be so beautiful.

Please shoot me an email!

Amber
Reply July 24, 2008

Crud, Olivia, I did it again. That wasn't Seth's comment to you; it was mine.

the hamster
Reply July 24, 2008

olivia - i do not know you. in fact, i do not know anyone that i actually claim to know in real life. i'm a total recluse, a la jd salinger. but i have a library card. so, please, on behalf of all the other READING ROOMERS i do not know or have permission to speak for, join us. there will be cookies.

(that last line was an internet joke. i know, it bombed.)

Amber
Reply July 24, 2008

I hereby declare The Hamster an official spokesperson for all Reading Roomers.

Olivia's in. Everybody, get your smart pants on! Or don't. I guess pants aren't necessary in a bloggy book club. Oh, but cookies - very, very importante.

Schell
Reply July 24, 2008

Cookies? Did someone say Cookies? Well that's it! If cookies are involved(with coffee of course) I'm "Down like Charlie Brown!". Picked up The Shack today. Lookin forward to seeing what's inside. Its to hot for pants, ill settle for a skirt thank you very much! :P

Schell

Anonymous
Reply July 25, 2008

Mary Amber Carothers Haines, Please don't use the F word in your bloging again. :)
I'm going to tell Tina P. about your bloging book club. She will love it.
M.

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