I was utterly chuffed by the outcome of Canada Reads today. Lullabies for LIttle Criminals by Heather O'Neill did indeed emerge victorious. I can't honestly say it was my favourite book of the five, as it was the only one I have read thus far, but I was immediately taken with it. It's a very powerful and beautiful book that is far too funny, given that the protagonist is the 13-year-old daughter of a heroin addict, a 13-year-old who herself dabbles in heroin use and prostitution.
A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, it was defended by Weakerthans' frontman John K Samson. John's track record of successfully defending books is a trifle startling given his laid-back demeanor, but I tell you if I ever get arrested for murder, I want him as my lawyer. I should get leniency for good grammer, at least.
In honour of today's developments, I cheated somewhat on my Friday random playlist today, in that I began with a random Weakerthans' song. It seemed prophetic that Exiles Among You should be the song that came up, as it could almost be a snapshot from Lullabies for Little Criminals.
"She shoplifts some Christmas gifts and a bracelet for herself, and considers phoning home"
Exiles Among You [mp3]- the Weakerthans
New Amersterdam - Elvis Costello
40' - Franz Ferdinand
Kick Push II - Lupe Fiasco
Sing - Blur
Chainsaw - the Ramones
Mercy Street - Peter Gabriel
Unwed Fathers - John Prine
Rose Tint My World - Rocky Horror Picture Show
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Have yourselves a happy Friday night, all you little criminals. Get yourselves something nice. You've worked hard this week.