The Two Mikes

The Two Mikes
Ever wanted to talk with someone about a book you just read? You could just join a book group and talk about it, drink a little, veer off on tangents, work back around to the book again, and finally wrap it up by picking the next book.

But what happens when the book you just read is about about hungry zombies or a haunted house, and your Eat, Pray, Love–reading friends aren’t really into reading it, much less discussing its finer points? That’s what we’re here for. We Two Mikes will be your virtual book group for discussing new and interesting and old and half-forgotten horror books.

If you want to follow along with us, look at the next forbidden book on the table and start reading.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Episode 41: Poppy Z. Brite's Lost Souls

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Filling another hole in our Swiss-cheese knowledge of horror, we read our first Poppy Brite book. A quintessential Goth (as opposed to gothic) novel, we think we see what Ms. Brite's trying to do, and like a lot of what we see, but we kinda wish we'd read one of her later, more assured books.

It's cocktail time!

The Chartreuse Sazerac

Chill a small rocks glass. Place sugar cube in a shaker, and add 3–4 dashes Peychaud's bitters and 2 shots rye whiskey. Stir gently with ice.
Add a few drops of Chartreuse to the chilled glass and swing out, leaving the glass coated with the liqueur. Rub lemon peel around the rim of the glass.
Strain contents of shaker into chilled glass and garnish with lemon peel. Enjoy the weird rosy burn of this classic New Orleans cocktail.


Emphyrio said...

Why don't you experiment with removing comment moderation?

With immediate feedback, and the chance to start conversation, more people might comment.

Hey, you discussed Twilight a while back. There's a controversy raging that it's got a secret agenda to indoctrinate girls in the Mormon submissive-wife ethos.

Does that seem plausible to you guys? said...


We'll consider removing moderation. You could be right that it'll boost feedback.

I wasn't aware about that particular controversy about Twilight (only the sparkly vs. nonsparkly vampire throwdown). We did note, especially in the later books, a subtle, and at times not-so-subtle, Mormon thread.

I doubt, however, that there's a secret agenda. The Mormon beliefs are no more secret and hidden than, say, Stoker's secret agenda in Dracula to stoke fear of immigrants. Both agendas are there, no doubt, but are more a spontaneous expression of the authors' belief systems than of anything sinister like consciously planting subliminal messages for readers to absorb.