Jul 26 2008
Any human alive — or any alien familiar with the John Cusack oeuvre — knows the pain of crushes: the sleepless nights, the appetite loss, the general degeneration into a love-lorn automaton capable of nothing more than boring the bejesus out of all his friends with painfully detailed rehashings of eye contact near-misses. What is worst of all (if you are the crushed, not their friends) is the fact that most crushes remain, for all eternity, unrequited.
And this is why we love Mr. Thompson.
We can’t say that our adoration of the man behind Smile When You’re Lying is returned with the same intensity and fervor, or that he speaks of us with the same breathless exuberance that causes us to trip over words and fall in paroxysms of laughter that end in unfortunate snorts.
Nor can we know if he would push our books — were we too published authors — on all his friends (still beleaguered from months of crush-related monologues) with the same rather scary glow in his bugged-out eyes. But we do know he acknowledged us, and we can live on that one e-mail he wrote us for weeks on end! Can you guess which of us printed it out and pinned it above her desk and which carries around a copy in her purse?
We won’t delude ourselves into thinking we’re his only admirers — in fact, we know there are plenty of others like us. We just want him to know we are, if not the biggest fans, then the highest in quality.Read more: A to Z, Author Crush, Bestsellers, Book Reviews, Chuck Thompson, News, Smile When You're Lying, Travel Writing
Llalan specializes in all things Ohio, but has funny stories from all over the US and Canada, plus a few snort-inducing ones from Thailand. And not only does she read books from around the world, she also samples beers in as many languages as possible. Favorite style: the multi-national American Double IPA.