So I had no idea who Claude LaBadarian was until Bill C. e-mailed me a while back to let me know it was up my alley. Dining Late with Claude La Badarian is an epistolary story (which is a fancy way of saying it's done as a series of letters--there, my English degree was worth every penny) written by William Monahan (scribe for The Departed, that's his picture there) and published in the New York Press back in 2001.
It's a completely mental adventure of the aforementioned Claude, who is both an Utter and Complete Pretentious Bastard and also hilarious. He starts off by blackmailing a publisher into granting him the titular column and money. He then goes through marital mayhem, being on the run from the law, mysteriously getting laid a lot despite being apparently not physically in his prime (shall we say), and having confrontations with his nemesis, who happens to be William Monahan. It's meta-licious. Here's one of my favorite snippets, where he's talking about a previous relationship:
If you want to read more about it and get links to all thirteen letters that comprise Dining Late, the
Wikipedia Squidoo article is your best bet. Thanks again to Bill for the headsup.
P.S. Saying the word "epistolary" always stirs Siege from a sound sleep. So that's fun too.
- Click here to buy Monahan's book Light House from Amazon. It's apparently out of print but very inexpensive used.