Joel gives an overview of the book:
I don't understand--
You love it when I do that.
Wait, no; that's Stephen.
How do we fix us--
The fights, the silence? I know!
Let's get a puppy!
My seventh birthday;
I weep at Barbie's Dream House.
How could you not know?
Joel is from South Carolina, where his great-grandmother had an affair with George Gershwin. After fleeing the south as soon as he possibly could, he got a B.A. in linguistics from Harvard. A year after he graduated, his thesis on the Abkhaz language was shown to be...