This is not the blog I wanted for today, but it is the only one that is polished. Stay tuned I’m eating Banana River hardhead catfish and going where everything is just plain bigger.
I finally finished Sandspurs by Mark Lane. Sandspurs is a collection of Lane’s op ed pieces for the Daytona Beach News Journal. I’ve already shared a few of his stories on TFB here, here, and here. I won’t bore you regaling another one of his tales, not that they are boring.
I took me forever to finish this book. I’ve really slacked off in my daily reading habits. But that’s what progress and electronics will do to your literary addiction. (I didn’t have those sirens in Africa, and, thus, was able to polish off 28 books in eight months.)
Lane is much different than his counterpart Jeff Klinkenberg. Klinkenberg is more of a story teller, while Lane is a real live opinion journalist. Lane sprinkles stories in his pieces, but well placed sarcasm and a healthy cynicism are the main players.
I don’t think I would buy another one of his books, if I had a choice. However, I do put this book on the reading list for Floridians or for nascent Floridians. There’s just some things he says in Sandspurs that you’re not going to get off the evening news or on Yahoo. Trust me!
Have any of you read any of Lane’s works? Thoughts?
BTW-My next read is Between Two Rivers: Stories From the Red Hills to the Gulf. I’ll let you know how its going. But if this post on Julie Hauserman is any indication, I’m hoping for the best.