Ron, Jr. Currie
NPR stories about Ron, Jr. Currie
Some books you simply can't keep to yourself. Glen Weldon shares the titles he's recommended this year — from a history of women in comics, to a collection of very short short stories — what unites these books is the urge they spark to send them out into the world so that they might sink their hooks into someone else.
While still in the womb, Junior Thibodeau is informed by a dispassionate and slightly officious voice that the world will end in 36 years, 168 days, 14 hours and 23 seconds. As the protagonist of Ron Currie's high-wire act of a novel grows to manhood, that fact, and that voice, remain his constant companions.
In Ron Currie Jr.'s Everything Matters! a comet is pointed toward Earth, and it's coming soon. This humorous and poignant novel attempts to find meaning in the end of the world.