Surfing with Mel was supposed to come out somewhere around today, but an emergency meeting of the SOBs (Society of Older Brothers), Members Mark Lickona and Angelico Nguyen, OP, Esq. attending, conducted Friday night at Casa Godsbody and featuring the copious administration of Truth Serum No. 5 (rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, maraschino syrup), resulted in a complete cover redesign.  Please check back next week.  And maybe tell your friends?


  1. Just looked for a Surfing with Mel Facebook page to like and I saw naught.

  2. I won’t try to be clever, but that reminds me that earlier I was thinking of the horror, which I did not experience at the time, of an indulgence flight. Which for some reason reminds me of Mosquito Coast.

  3. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    Are you sure that was Truth Serum No. 5?

    My TAN reprint of the 1959 Malleus Maleficarum gives the recipe as

    2 parts green Chartreuse

    5 parts boiling oil

    dash vitriol

    poured over orange-hot charcoal briquettes in a heat-tempered Collins glass.

    The maraschino syrup is only for use between Easter Sunday and Whit Monday (except in Venice, Dubrovnik, and Cyprus, where it is prohibited only during Lent [though unwritten custom commences the prohibition on Monday after Septuagesima Sunday, Shrove Tuesday excepted], and on Ember Days).

    But I suppose you were using the post-Conciliar recipe.

    I mention all this because what you gave us didn’t actually work as a truth serum, and it’s mildly amusing that you believed it did — enough, apparently, to scrap your old cover design on the very eve of publication.

    Ah well: After waiting so long for Surfing with Mel to drop, what’s another week? Right?


  4. FB. Google +. Twitter. If there is a picture, Pinterest. Help us help you, $%^* it.

  5. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    It’s been a week, and _Surfing with Mel_ still doesn’t seem to be available at Amazon.

    Note, however, the unbeatable prices on Good, Very Good, and even Like New pre-owned copies of Swimming with Scapulars! Stock up now and beat the holiday rush.

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