Dear everyone

You should read Mark Jude Poirier‘s book Modern Ranch Living. It is funny and mean and also sad, and involves, among other things:

  • a girl with idiosyncratic grammar who is obsessed with fitness (but in a weightlifting, running, and swimming kind of way, not an anorexic way)
  • a man who is thirty, lives with his mother, and runs a waterpark called Splash World
  • meth heads
  • marker sniffers
  • the desert.

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  • anonymous
    April 22, 2006 at 5:43 am

    Hmmm. I think I will.


  • anonymous
    April 22, 2006 at 7:17 am

    I don’t want to read this book. If you do make it sound more interesting and maybe add a twist to it like you did in Empress of the World, I’ll think about it.

  • anonymous
    April 22, 2006 at 7:21 am

    Of course I’ll read it!

  • anonymous
    April 22, 2006 at 8:53 am

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed “Empress of the World,” which I finished a few days ago for a paper I am writing in my Feminist Inquiries course at Boston College. I wish I had something more insightful to say other than “I liked it,” but I am kind of fried from the writing of various drafts and general scholastic malaise…

    so that’s all. I think you rock, Sara Ryan. Have a lovely day.

    – K. @

  • nevikmoore
    April 22, 2006 at 11:30 am

    What? No randy postmodernist literature professors dallying with freshman nubiles? I won’t read it!

  • thisisnotanlj
    April 22, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    thanks so much! :)