The Joke’s On You: Road Scholar and Notes From the Underpants
By
J. Gordon
10/21/2005 10:36:28 PM

When was the last time a book played a joke on you? David Myers’ Road Scholar/Notes From The Underpants [Xlibris] is two books in one: a collection of pretty decent poetry (NFTU), but flip it over and you’ve got a novella (Road Scholar) that can best be described as a practical joke on the reader. Have I piqued your interest?

It’s pretty hard to write a review for a book like Road Scholar without giving it all away. That said, let’s talk tone: Myers is a wry, sardonic kind of writer, with a capable grasp (and grace) of literature…and a bit of a chip on his shoulder. He’s pissy, apathetic, both naively hopeful and clearly hopeless. His meandering tale as ‘Road Scholar’ begins as a cruel fraternity prank of sorts (really, a fit of jealous rage) when some drunken frat losers beat him, shut him in a trunk, and abandon him in the mountains with no money, no idea where he is, and no one to count on back home. All he’s got is his hang-over, his wits, and a book in the back pocket of his piss and vomit-splattered jeans. Where does life take him? What does he learn? Therein lies the joke.

Notes From The Underpants is more enjoyable. Myers’ same cynicism, wit, and pessimistic tone are far more attractive in the smaller doses of verse. His poetry is something any Joe (or Jane) can relate to—not overly flowery, or the least bit sentimental. There are a couple typos and misspellings, but that’s forgivable when the message is strong. And it often is.

Read Notes From The Underpants, flip it over, and pass Road Scholar onto someone you’d like to annoy.

To purchase: http://www.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=24378

 

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