Monday, February 27, 2006

Read: "Wigfield: the can-do town that just may not" by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert.

"Wigfield: the can-do town that just may not" by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert

Wigfield: the can-do town that just may not by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert.

I was looking to see if anything by Amy Sedaris was in the catalog and this turned up. There are a lot of funny moments in Wigfield but the book is not great. A lot of the content would have worked better in a visual medium - maybe that's why they have photos of the book's skanky and scary characters.

Russell Hokes weasels a publisher into giving him an advance to write a book about vanishing small town America. Hokes quickly blows most of his advance and decides on Wigfield as a subject when his car breaks down on the Interstate next to town. Wigfield was built next to Bulkwaller Dam. Named after Senator, and concrete company owner, Alfonse Bulkwaller the damn was built in the '30s. Quote, "In the interest of safety, Bulkwaller insisted on using three times more concrete than engineers thought was called for."

The small town of Wigfield is a collection of used tire stores, used auto parts stores, morgues, and strip clubs (variously referred to as gentlemans' clubs and titty bars). The Dam is scheduled to be destroyed and flood unincorporated Wigfield that is populated by squatters, strippers, whores, murderers, knife fighters, thieves and lesbian witches. Mr. Hokes (idiot) advocates for the town's survival and angers the townspeople who were hoping for some eminent domain payoff cash from the state.

David Sedaris has written about he and Amy's interests in topics like taxidermy, birth defects, rare diseases, cadavers, surgical accidents and such. I think I saw Amy's influence in several portions of the book.

Maybe I'll buy the Strangers with Candy DVD for the library. It should circ' well.

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