" The pale boy with unfortunate Prince Valiant bangs and cub-like mannerisms hulked to the mudroom closet and requisitioned Dad’s white coat. Then requisitioned the boots he’d spray-painted white. Painting the pellet gun white had been a no. "
More au courant , a book does not get. George Sanders' collection of wry short stories have advanced him into the pantheon of great American satirists like Twain and Pynchon, with contemporary word stars like Jennifer Egan, Zaide Smith, Dave Eggers and Jonathan Franzen welcoming him into the in-club. And if you think there's no fashion in that, note Saunders' his diss of the Prince Valiant haircut as "unfortunate". The English language has never arched more beautifully.