Friday, December 20, 2013

Forget about Dostoievsky

Get the pet book of small crime and petulance, while they last;
In this [Montana] mountain town (pop. 39,000), police officers' duties extend beyond the daily rounds and reports. They provide fodder for one of the hottest books in town, "We Don't Make This Stuff Up: The Very Best of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle Police Reports."
....Police blotters, laying bare the foibles of the community, have become the focal point of several websites and books around the country. Here in Bozeman, the concept has really taken flight. In addition to the book, the newspaper, which has a news staff of 19, is now offering T-shirts and promoting its wares on a Facebook page that has more than 3,000 "likes." At bookstores and other shops in town, the books are stacked high and sometimes topped with a red or blue flashing light just like a police car.
"It has just become the fabric of Bozeman," said Nick Ehli, the paper's managing editor. The Chronicle brought in more than $100,000 from its first edition two years ago, selling more than 11,000 copies in three printings. "It's really taken on a life of its own." 
Read about;
... a man being dragged by sled dogs, a woman stuck in a carwash after the carwash doors froze shut and a man asking, "What do I do with two pimples near my eyes?"
...."Serious things do happen here, but there are also cows on the Interstate," says Mr. Ehli, the managing editor. 
Comic gold is where you find it.

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