Currently Reading

I’m really loving Don Winslow’s The Cartel. It’s the first novel I read of his and I have to go back to the library and get some more of his novels. I have about 100 pages left to devour (It’s a little over 600 pages long) but unless there is some M. Night Shyamalanesque plot twist at the end, this will be one of my favorite books I’ve read during the summer.

Speaking of summer reads, (BTW I’m on Goodreads if you want to get my full reading list or add me to yours) my OMG books that I read were,

Shadow of the Wind (but I’ve already discussed that)

Chess Story (short but awesome psychological tale)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Loved the first 2/3rds of the story but then I felt it kind of petered out)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Everytime I read a Shirley Jackson novel I say to myself, “Damn, I need to read more of her work.” and then forget to until fall rolls around and I remind myself to reread The Haunting of Hill House. Which reminds me, I should reread The Haunting of Hill House)

What were your favorite reads from the summer?

Alabama Official: God Told Me to Ban Saggy Pants

From The Daily Beast:

He thought about it, prayed about it, and now an Alabama councilman is close to ending one local evil that’s plagued him for years: saggy pants.

Dadeville city councilor Frank Goodman told The Daily Beast that he issued an ordinance to prohibit “busting slack” after asking God how to handle the sartorial scourge ravaging his town of 3,200. The law might also banish short shorts and skimpy dresses, following a suggestion from a city councilwoman.

“We have a lot of older people here who don’t want to see it. A lot of middle-aged people don’t want to see it either,” said Goodman, 66. “They don’t want to see anybody walking around with their pants down with underwear that is showing.

“That is something that has never struck my fancy,” he added.

Goodman said he first proposed banning saggy pants when he took office in 2008, but the legislation fell by the wayside. Still, he couldn’t take the low-riding trousers any longer. Every time he goes to the grocery store or department store, he sees it.

“Seeing the young boys with pants hanging down, having to walk wide-legged, holding their pants up to keep them from falling down—now it’s gotten real bad,” Goodman said. “It’s something I couldn’t take no more.”

So Goodman turned to the Lord for the legislative inspiration, though it’s unclear how many inches would be too short or too low for proper pants-wearing.

“I prayed and asked God to show me what I should do, and the way I should go about it,” Goodman said. “What would God do? Did God go around doing this?”