Yeah, all those other scribes are busy writing about sex, drugs and rock and roll. Not me, man. I’m a blues guy.
Now that my novel, Barstow Blues, is released, many potential readers have asked me, “Hey, Dan, what’s the book about?”
When I say, “Sex, drugs and blues”– their eyes turn blank and they usually gulp and suddenly need to take a phone call before their cell rings. I understand.
I read a book about writing. It said– write what you know. I did.
I also know a lot about kitty litter, Satanic poetry, Nascar, the ‘49rs, car wrecks, Jack Daniels and Indiana. I’m excited about my next novel about a drunken witch who takes her cat with her everywhere she goes. She goes back to Indiana and puts a “spell” on Danica Patrick who begins to win every damn race. You won’t believe how she becomes Danica Kaepernick. Stay tuned. Or not.
Speaking of books, it was fun to see the latest American Library Association list. The all-important “Best Banned Book List.”
If I could only get on that list I would sell millions of copies of Barstow Blues.
The rules to get on the Best Banned Book List are easy. The books having the most “challenges” to be banned make this honor roll. This list is a celebration of our freedom to read any damn thing we want to read. Yes, roll your eyes, holy rollers, I mean you.
Right here in Bakersfield, where Steinbeck brought the Joad family in “The Grapes of Wrath” the local do-gooders had a book-burning of that incredibly great book– right in the center of town. And yes, we still have a closed-mind-set group of people who think they know what’s best for us. They definitely don’t like us reading about filthy sex, unless of course it’s that great clean sex in the Bible…you know where Lot has sex with both his daughters and they bear his sons to be the heads of great new clans. That’s the good stuff we should read.
On to the list. For the second year in a row the number one most challenged book is CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. Yes in fact the whole series (10 total) are under siege for their potty humor. Poor Captain Underpants is always busy plotting against Professor Poopie Pants or wrestling with the wicked Wedgie Woman.
Here’s the Top Ten Best Banned Book List of the American Library Association:
1) Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
2) The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison
3) The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4) 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James (sorry ladies, there’s a lot of do-gooders that don’t want you reading that)
5) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6) A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
7) Looking for Alaska by John Green
8) The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
9) Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
10) Bone by Jeff Smith