Monday, January 31, 2011

BC2011: 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out

I've read many books by the legendary Jewish cowboy singer-songwriter, author, pet rescuer, and one-time Texas gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman. 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers gathers magazine articles and other odds-n-ends featuring a cast of characters ranging from Hank Williams and Billy Joe Shaver to Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Don Imus* and Robert Louis Stevenson. Many articles draw from Friedman's personal experiences, but a few are just plain made up. Most of them are pretty funny, and this book is a quick read. I have several of Kinky's mystery novels on my sagging shelf of unread books, so he may resurface sometime later in Book Challenge 2011.

* The chapter about Imus was nothing short of a revelation -- as one who knew Imus primarily for his "nappy-headed hos" comment, I now see him in a completely different light.

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