Our Twitter book club collab with the Jewish Book Council is back! On May 14 we’ll be chatting/tweeting with Adam Wilson, author of the new short story collection, What’s Important Is Feeling. (Wilson’s debut novel Flatscreen was one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month in February 2012, so you know he’s good.)
Here’s an excerpt taken from the title story—it’s about weed and Texas and a hairdresser named Kathleen:
“The haircut would be easier to get than the weed, but he wanted the weed first so he could be stoned during the haircut. For the weed I had to approach a Texan. The Texans hated us, but some hated us less than others. Luckily, a kind woman bummed a cigarette off me, called me “Sweetheart,” and agreed to help with both my tasks. Her name was Kathleen, and she was the on-set hairdresser.
Kathleen didn’t give a shit about the higher-ups like Tipplehorn. Just did her thing in the hair trailer, smoking bats and talking on speakerphone to her teenage daughter who was spending the summer at an arts camp outside Denton. When they said good-bye, Kathleen waved her hand as if her daughter could see her from the other end of the line. She said, “Girl,” and her daughter said, “Bye now,” and Kathleen looked in the mirror and saw me behind her, squint-eyed in the barber’s chair, finally sun-shaded, almost asleep.”
Participating is a piece of cake: just log onto Twitter when the chat begins at 1:30pm, follow Jewcy and the Jewish Book Council, and tweet your questions for Wilson (@BubblesDepot) with the hashtag #JLit.
Read more about Twitter book club here.