Sunday, November 08, 2009
Dispatches from a Hangdog Bankrupt
This morning I was listening to KUT, our local public radio affiliate, when I heard the story of a rare book dealer who filed for bankruptcy in Austin. His story is told in a series of dispatches which appear on McSweeneys.net, which you can access here. My favorite story (which was featured on the KUT show and can be found in episode 4) was about the Travis County Constable who wept when the debtor's girlfriend invited her in for coffee as she was serving papers on him. My second favorite was the story of the debtor's interview with his attorney about how to value his cat on the schedules. While the attorney is referred to by the pseudonym Mr. H, you can pretty well figure out who it is, since there are not many male consumer bankruptcy lawyers in Austin whose last name starts with H (and no, it is not Pat Hargadon). The dispatches convey a lot of interesting information and capture the human element of failure poignantly. It is well worth your reading.