Sunday, September 09, 2007
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
My husband surprised my with a book I had not heard about for my birthday. What a hoot. The Arsonist's Guide is a fake memoir of a man, ironically named Sam Pulsifer, who served time for accidentally setting fire to the Emily Dickinson Houst in Amherst, Massachussetts. Having visited the Dickinson house last spring break makes the book even funnier for me. Sam goes on to be implicated for fires set to other writers' homes. There is a funny website for the book which includes an online memoir maker. Clarke teaches Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati.