put their heads together and begin discussing books owned and books that needed to be read or at least investigated further. They thought, "hey, what about women and water?"
"Well, there's always Kit Whitfield's In Great Waters if you want a cover that features women and water. Plus I hear it was nominated for a few awards in 2010," the McSweeney's #36 head said. "Yes," responded the thinking Flann O'Brien head, "it is a good one, but there is something weird about the Clark Ashton Smith Xiccarph, or maybe it's just the cover and the odd title that make it so appealingly odd?"
"Perhaps so, but what about this?"
"Sure, Sure, Miyuki Miyabe's Ico: Castle in the Mist contains some promise, but it's based off of a videogame? That might portend several things, but it doesn't mean it'll be weird. Still, it bears looking into. As for the John Sayles book, A Moment in the Sun, it has languished a while on the reading docket, no? But this tale of fin-de-siècle 19th-20th century American life has pleased the few times it's been dipped into."
The McSweeney's head/box thought for a minute and then remarked:
"Road trip-type novels appeal to many. Although he's far from that in his writing, there's always Javier Marías' works. Tu rosto mañana is a huge international hit – I hear three weird bastards are talking about doing group reviews of it sometime – while Los enamoramientos has already been through two editions in 2011 alone in Spain and it possibly will replicate its predecessor's success when it's translated into English in the near future."
"Football..." the Flann O'Brien head drawled, "you mean the beautiful sport, don't you?"
"No, I mean the glorious smashmouth game in which a juke can break ankles and that a well-timed playaction pass can sucker the DB into cheating toward the line of scrimmage...err, I suppose we should wrap up this book talk and get down to other matters?"
And with that, this hazy sort of dream ended. Surrounding me were over a dozen books of all sorts, shapes, and languages. Looks like September will see a lot of reading (and some re-reading). At least there should be some promising discoveries, no?