One of those lucky few (ha ha) to have a sidebar link from my prestigious blog is the Canadian author Craig Davidson.
I'm not actually sure how I encountered his work, although, I think it was from this, where he savages a review of a book on the old literary site the Danforth Review. (The exchange is actually kind of funny...)
Anyway, it led me to his blog, which honestly, has been one of the funniest things I've ever read. If you look watch this recent CBC interview, the interviewer mentions that the men always wound up smelling like doughnuts, and I can't help but think he is referring to an old blog post about his dad working at the Ridpath Sugar Factory, which had me in tears. It looks like that post has long since vanished, so it will only live in my heart (and mind) as some of the funniest stuff I've ever read. That being said, he's still very, very funny!
What's great about his blog is how different it is from his work as a novelist, but taken together they show a wonderful and convincing range on his part. I'm really happy to see that he's doing so well, with one of his books turned into a movie, and the latest one on the Giller longlist.
I actually ran into him once, at a bar called Pauper's here in Toronto, and I (unsuccessfully) tried to get him a job! That was years ago, but nevertheless I'm going to pick up his book, which will be strange given how much I hate Canadian fiction, but it seems like the least I can do for all the entertainment he has given me over the years. If nothing else I have a table leg that needs balancing.
Seriously though, I would urge you to check out his blog and buy his book!