I wasn’t planning on reading Anthropology by Dan Rhodes at this point, but the finished copies of the new edition came in and I picked one up (because they’re so cute). Then when I was waiting for my Psychology class to start I opened it up (it’s more fun than reading what I should be reading, the Psychology text). I got through about half of it in 20 minutes, and I finished it off when I got home.
The whole premise of the book is 101 ‘love’ stories that are each exactly 101 words long. Now, I’m not anal retentive enough to go count them all, but I know Dan Rhodes a little and I think he’s pretty thorough.
It’s a quirky book with funny characters, bizarre situations, essentially little chunks of weird, but not Paul Auster weird, more like TC Boyle weird. They’re very digestible and wryly amusing. Check out Victor Solomon‘s site — he made some shorts based on the stories. My favourite story out of the 101 is, by a mile, Pieces. I think it’s pretty obvious why.