I've been hard at work on the next book the last few days, and there's only one thing that can rejuvenate my spirits after the painful hours of typing, instant coffee, and staring thoughtfully into the distance. 

Ladies and gentleman, the continued genius of Nicholas Cage. 

There's so many things I love about this video, I don't really know where to start. 

I never watched "The Wicker Man" besides this highlight reel, but I don't really see how the rest of the movie can get any better than this.  I mean, I'm pretty sure I got the basics down from watching this video: 

1.  Nicholas Cage is hanging out with some Amishy type women for some reason. 
2.  Something about bees. 
3.  Stuff gets burned.  This upsets Nicholas Cage. 
4.  Nicholas Cage jump kicks Leelee Sobieski in the face. 
5.  Bear suit. 

In professional writing circles, that is what is known as "solid gold."


Okay, so I'm not gonna post every review of "Sophomore Undercover" on this blog (author's note: you know, unless they're particularly nice or whatever) but longtime benjaminesch.com reader, blogger extraordinaire, and all around good-guy Paul Michael Murphy just posted a really cool review of "Sophomore Undercover" on his blog

The review is here.   Give it a look. 

Oh, and I'd like you guys to pay particular attention to the "I laughed so hard I involuntarily farted" line.   It's always been one of my goals as a writer to make somebody do that.  So...I guess I get to cross that one off my bucket list.