RE: What are you reading?
I read two great books last night. I ordered them both from McSweeneys.net, who were having a sale to help them raise funds to stay alive after their distributor went out of business. They had some great books going for ridiculously cheap prices.
Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out" (actual title) is a great collection of children's and young adult stories, including stories by Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, George Saunders, and others. Lemony Snicket wrote the introduction! I loved it particularly Gaiman's Sunbird, Clement Freud's Grimble, and Nick Hornby's story, which I'd heard performed on This American Life before.
David Garnett's Lady Into Fox is a gem. It's short but it's absolutely wonderful. I'd never heard of it or its author before. Published in 1922, it's the story of a man whose wife turns into a fox. Lady Into Fox is part of McSweeney's Collins Library which publishes and reintroduces obscure works. Highly recommended.
The Collins Library also released Harry Stephen Keeler's The Riddle of the Travelling Skull which is one of the most insane books every written. A mystery writer who had no patiences for mysteries, Keeler's plot jumps all over the place and makes no sense whatsoever. But the individual chapters are great and the book, while nonsensical, is a joy to read. Highly recommended as well.