Book Recipes: Making PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY

Book Recipes: Making PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY

 

Figure 1. Let's cook some shit up, baby

Figure 1. Let’s cook some shit up, baby

 

I don’t think any of this matters for the larger world of publishing or writing.

But here’s what went into the making of Perfectly Good White Boy.

In case you want to try to reproduce making a book called Perfectly Good White Boy. Which, you know, is of limited use, I realize.

ANYWAY.

Ingredients List for Perfectly Good White Boy

– 1 copy of Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers
– 1 viewing of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket
– walking down Washington Avenue every morning for a mile
– Bjork’s Violently Happy
– Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball
– Gregory Alan Isakov’s The Stable Song
– Chobani Greek yogurt, in lemon or blueberry
– 100 mg Sertraline, daily
– 2 squares of dark chocolate (as needed or daily)
– Norman Reedus on the cover of Men’s Fitness

 

Figure 2. Important fashion photos inside.

Figure 2. Important fashion photos inside.

 

– Norman Reedus, in any iteration
– 1 copy of ASVAB for Dummies
– Bruce Weigel’s poem “What Saves Us”
– 1 copy of Evan Wright’s Generation Kill
– 1 copy of Beth Ann Bauman’s Jersey Angel
– some delicious sandwich made out of shortribs that The Karre bought me for lunch
– lots of The Karre hand-waving & gesticulating
– long discussion about deer hunting w/ husband
– 1000 conversations with Pablo (approximate)

 

Figure 3. Perfectly Good White Boy, w/ Perfectly Good Furry Brown Boy

Figure 3. Perfectly Good White Boy, w/ Perfectly Good Furry Brown Boy

 

– long discussion about oral sex symbology and condom disposal w/ The Karre
– this video of Henry Rollins talking about taking off a condom which I can’t find now but trust me it’s out there
– removal of gall bladder
– pulling nails out of used flooring while listening to country music for several hours
– The Flickr page of the United States Marine Corps
– conversations about swearing with everyone in the whole world, probably

 

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