Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, cereal boxes... my non-writing day is filled with reading, and I approach my reading with a zeal that borders on the compulsive.
Needless to say, much of what I read is not particularly remarkable (no offense to writers of text on cereal boxes). On occasion, though, I come across writing that is compelling and possesses a skill level that gives me hope for the future of literature.
Such is the case with Mist 1, whose current blog bears the title "To Do: 1. Get Hobby, 2. Floss." Equal parts Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Childress, and Dorothy Parker, Mist 1 displays an enviable sense of wit and timing that translates well into a blog format. Here is a sample paragraph from a recent post entitled "Gift Idea" about directions and traveling:
A few months ago, Mom gave me an atlas. She smiled at me warmly and told me that she would rest better knowing that I kept it in my car. Now I have an atlas in my car. I feel like one of those people with a Bible in their cars. I always think that they drive around with Bibles because they don't have insurance. I try to drive extra carefully when I am around them. Although, for a few years, I had a piece of turquoise in my car in lieu of insurance. It is supposed to to have protective qualities. I totally believe in the power of turquoise because when I rolled that vehicle down the side of a mountain with a recalled seatbelt, I walked away with only one little cut caused by the large knives that flew up from the backseat. I had a perfectly logical reason for having knives in the backseat.I laughed out loud this dreary day reading some of Mist 1's prose, and this was a morning in which my sinuses caused my head to pound like a pianist wearing heavy wool mittens.
Read. Enjoy. Find some SineAid.