From Strange to Creepy

With certain things in life (aka most things) there is a specific moment that can be pointed to when something goes from strange to creepy. For example, when Michael Jackson built a carnival in his backyard for kids, that was strange. When he started sleeping with these little kids in his bed, that was creepy. Or, when Janet Jackson’s boob plops* out at the Super Bowl, that was strange. When it had a decorative silver piercing, that was creepy. It’s not so hard, I’m sure we can think of endless examples. (Why did both of my examples involve the Jacksons? I don’t know, but that just turned this post from strange to creepy.)

Anyway, I bring this all up because things in my life just got creepy. Remember a few weeks ago when I read Crime and Punishment and thought it was so strange that I had a lot in common with the main character? Well, crap just got creepy a few days ago when I noticed that Fyodory Dostoevsky and I have the same birthday. Boom! My head exploded when I read this. It’s a good thing that I don’t have an axe in my apartment, because I’d hate for this to go from creepy to criminal.

*I get extra credit for this excellent word choice. “Plops” is a perfect word. C’mon, you know it made that sound.

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2 Responses to From Strange to Creepy

  1. Caroline says:

    Hi Phil,

    This has nothing to do with the strange/creepy paradox, but rather is in response to your post on my blog. (Oh the joys of the blogging world, where literary nerds can find each other and share our most recent written love affairs.)

    Here are some suggestions for your Four Books a Month Challenge:

    1. “The Little Prince” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery (a short and classic read)
    2. “The Great Divorce” — CS Lewis (one of his finer pieces — since you liked his Narnia series)
    3. “The Chosen” — Chaim Potok (so good…once you read it, rent the movie…that’s good too)
    4. “Northanger Abbey” — Jane Austen (her least recognized and my personal favorite)
    5. “A Moveable Feast” — Ernest Hemingway (a collection of his memoirs from his days as an expat in Paris)
    6. “Travels with Charley” — John Steinbeck (a vagabond classic of a man and his dog)
    7. “Through Painted Deserts” — Donald Miller (amazing and chock full of wanderlust)
    8. “Me Talk Pretty One Day” — David Sedaris (humorous and reads easily)

    I tried to pick a variety of books and genres, all which are enjoyable (and relatively shorter) reads. However, if you managed to tackle “Crime and Punishment” in a week, I am officially impressed.

    Best of luck on your literary quest!

    Caroline

  2. Phil Sharp says:

    Thanks for all of the very thoughtful recommendations Caroline. All eight of the books that you suggested sound really good, and I’ll definitely read at least some of them over the next few months. I really appreciate you taking the time to recommend these books :).

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