I was fortunate enough to be gifted with a copy of this collection provided I make public my thoughts. Since I’m not particularly shy about sharing my opinions, and I’m all about the free stuff (Especially books… And food… I *never* turn down free food…), I accepted the offer immediately.
For those who don’t know, I temp at the Board of Elections twice a year, helping to train the folks who work at the voting centers processing voters. This year I also spent election day at the BoE in what we call the War Room, aka Mission Control, aka where all problems at the vote centers are reported and sorted out. I brought the Ohio short story collection with me to peruse between panicked phone calls.
At one point, one of the BoE guys wandered past.
“What are you reading? Best HO Stories?” [note: see cover photo]
As one might expect, he said this quite loudly, garnering the attention of everyone in the place. Did I mention I was the only woman in the room?
“Dude. OHIO stories. O-H-I-O” I replied foisting the book into the air and waving it around.
This, not surprisingly, wasn’t nearly as interesting as the prospect of me reading stories about Hos, and the guys went back to work.
Yes, this should make you worry, just as smidge, about our election processors.
A friend and I used to joke about a third friend’s (Let’s call her Lulu here, for the sake of protecting all parties involved) taste in books, which leaned heavily toward those considered “literary” . Our discussions would go something like this:
“How was [insert title here]?”
“Oh, it was a Lulu book; you know how it is.”
‘How it is’ in this context meant death, dying, fear of death, grief, anticipated mourning and depression.
While the “Best of…” anthology is far from morbid, it does have its share of the above. Fortunately it also has alien abductions, Wall Street douchebags, exercises in familial dissonance, ghost hunters, and…
Are you intrigued yet?
Good. Now go pick up a copy: http://www.columbuscoop.org/store/
PS. With all the abuse Ohio and Ohioans take, this anthology is a great reminder that among other great things, Ohio produces really wonderful writers too.