“It’s an incredibly entertaining yet candid view on how Mac built a relationship with his cousin and met the love his life. That’s right, there’s a bit of a love story in there. A love story that is handled with such honesty and simplicity that it might be the sweetest thing I’ve read in recent memory.”—Good Choice Reading
Tomorrow is one of the biggest days of my life. I am releasing my debut novel and a new EP to accompany it. I want you all to know that I spent over a year grinding my teeth to the gums, every single night, trying to write the most poignant, beautiful book that I could.
Anyways, my point in writing this is simple. My publisher is very happy with how the pre-sales have gone. Most books sell very poorly at first, especially in this climate. My agents, my publisher, my management, everyone. ALL of them equate it to one thing, and one thing only: my fans.
I know this may sound patronizing and corny, but I don’t give a fuck. I want to tell each and every one of you, from the bottom of my scarred, frost-bitten, Irish heart: THANK YOU.
I have the pleasure of having some of the most genuine, endearing fans in the world. You guys have carried me on your backs for a decade plus. I hope I create art for you that helps you make it through this fucked up, turbulent life.
I love you guys, and can’t wait to hear what you think of my book and EP.
Sincerely, David McCleary Sheldon p.k.a. Mac Lethal
p.s. By the way, my book has caused a firestorm in the TV and movie industry, and it looks like one of the dopest, most original TV networks is optioning it to turn into a TV show. This is all because of you guys.
My pick of the month is something different. In Texts from Bennett, rapper Mac Lethal shows his storytelling chops through the voice of his (imaginary?) cousin Bennett. The author’s portrayal of poverty, drug use, and the working poor white folks’ struggle to get by has serious street cred.
“now u gunna try 2 say u were a guy da hole time? bitch i seen ur vaginna u a girl or u got a realy gud sex change”—Bennett (from Chapter 3 of Texts from Bennett. Read the full excerpt now on Rap Genius!)
"The story flows along well and Mac is a very good writer. It’s not choppy like I’d expect a book based on text messages would be. I also liked that he didn’t use Bennett and his friends as merely punchlines of a joke. Of course he describes the ridiculous, stereotypical way these kids dress (Bennett’s sometimes-girlfriend Mercedes wears "gold hoops that are the size of a baby’s head"), but you fall in love with these people. And I loved how the story shifts halfway through and has BENNETT actually helping out Mac with how to meet women (Bennett has a list)."