by Sukey HowardDecember 2008
The tipping point
Waiters want a little respect and a good tip. Restaurant diners want good service and a little respect. But all too often there's a grand divide, a chasm of unfulfilled expectations that can lead to near sociopathic behavior on both sides. No one describes the inner machinations of the server's world, and worldview, better than "The Waiter," aka Steve Dublanica, the sort - of - anonymous author of Waiter Rant and the very popular blog that engendered it. He combines candid memoir (an abandoned religious calling, a psych degree that led to dead - end jobs) with a no - holds - barred, behind - the - scenes docudrama of raw restaurant reality. Guaranteed to entertain, inform, change your perceptions about what waiters wait for and how to arrive at your own tipping point.
My first question after listening to Ellen Archer's brilliantly rendered reading of When Will There be Good News?, is when will Kate Atkinson give us more good news? This is the third in her genre - jiggering mystery series revolving around Jackson Brodie, a quirkily stalwart soldier turned detective, turned PI, now rich but without direction. Whether you're new to Atkinson's unique way of weaving an intricate web of incidents and coincidences, or an admiring fan, you're in for a treat. For starters, there's the senseless, brutal murder of a mother and two of her children; the third, Joanna, just six years old, escapes. Fast - forward 30 years and that child is now a successful doctor in Edinburgh with an infant son, a somewhat shady husband and Reggie, her smart, feisty, totally delightful, 16 - year - old au pair. When Joanna's mother's murderer is released from prison, DCI Louise Monroe, recently married but still harboring a strong yen for Brodie, comes on the scene. Then the good doctor disappears, perhaps kidnapped; the shady husband grows darker; Reggie, Brodie and Monroe hunt for Joanna. Sounds far - fetched, but in Atkinson's hands, it's a winner all the way.