I’m not sure if it’s fiction or memoir, but this piece from Catfish on the Table, a blog I recently found though my recent referrers gizmos down in the righthand sidebar, is well worth your time. Puts me in mind of the memoirs of Frank McCourt, and as well written, ’tis.
Also : “Have you ever tried to get into a girl’s pants when her main intellectual influence is Steinbeck?” Mad, hilarious, brilliant sh-t from Alex.