26 June 2006

Kinky Friedman Makes the Ballot

I'm a few days late reporting this, but author Kinky Friedman has managed to get on the ballot for Texas governor. Kinky Friedman started out as a country musician (Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys), and performing such songs as "They Don't Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore." He then segued into life as a writer of offbeat mysteries, which is how I became aware of him. One of his books (Meanwhile, Back At the Ranch) made me laugh so hard that my cat got worried and came to investigate. Now he's aiming to be governor of Texas. He's running as an independent, and he's collected enough signatures to have his name listed on the ballot. Here's the web page that follows the campaign Kinky Friedman For Governor 2006 (complete with blog) and here's a New Yorker article by Dan Halpern. The Kinkster is also active in animal welfare work; he founded Utopia Animal Rescue. Here's a link to some quotations from his books. Finally, here's a link to an interview at Bookslut.

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