Really need to make a habit of reading something that makes me giggle before bed. It sort of sets the day straight.
I’m reading He Used Thought As A Wife, Tim Key’s first lockdown book. It’s perfect. Funny, poignant, captures so many of the absurdities of the first lockdown in the UK. Also the title is perfection, though I didn’t really get it until I got going.
This is the part that made me giggle last night. It’s the middle of a vignette titled “Book Arrangements”, the designer of this book speaking with him about his progress on said book.
JUNIPER: Get anything down today?
Key approaches the SodaStream, strokes its shoulders and smashes a flask up it. Bubbles and a honk. Infinitesimal animated prisms are released into the air, kissing themselves to death and falling to the counter. Key pours the magic into his Simpsons mug.
KEY: I’ve placed my books in order of how many pages they’ve got in them.
Key nods at what he has said.
JUNIPER: You should be writing.
KEY: Well, I did that in the end.
JUNIPER: How does it look?
KEY: Unbalanced, I feel like my lounge is going to tip over.
JUNIPER: Richard E. Grant has his arranged by spine colour.
JUNIPER: So you’ve not made a start then?
KEY: You listen to Five Live enough, you start to believe it’s fine to do fuck all.
JUNIPER: It is Tim.
Ugh, kind of regretting writing that down here because reading back through it, the humor is gone without the context. Leaving it in since it took a few minutes to format.
Just read the book, it’s great.