Over at McSweeney's, writer Jason Edward Harrington has alighted on a fun conceit: What if literary characters served as each other's Couchsurfing references? Here, for instance, is Sal Paradise from "On the Road" offering a "positive" recommendation for his road trip companion Dean Moriarty: "I hosted Dean for a week at my aunt’s place in Jersey. After that we headed west, with Dean balling that jack like no tomorrow (I had total trust in him behind the wheel)."
The funniest parts are where Harrington merges the characters' literary styles with the casual hipster-speak stereotypical to Couchsurfing correspondence. Here's Huck Finn giving a "neutral" recommendation for his rapscallion pal Tom Sawyer:
One time we went tubin’ on the Nam Song in Laos (which I reckon’s a mighty cool place to surf on account of tain’t too touristy yet, just keep that ol’ cash ‘n credit card in your money belt). But the best times we had were on that old Mississippi.
And Lucy from "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" warning Couchsurfers off Raoul Duke:
Raoul contacted me claiming he was a Doctor of Journalism coming to Las Vegas to find the American Dream. His profile said he was “Up for anything: coffee, drink, friendship, hook-up; willing to share: bed, couch, uppers, downers, screamers, laughers, as long as you’re not a cop.”
The warning bells should have gone off right there, but for some reason I agreed to meet him for a drink.
You can read more of Harrington's amusing sendup here.
H/T The Millions.
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