Culture fans, you won’t want to miss this rip-roaring,
rollicking review of Jeremy P. Bushnell’s comic novel The Weirdness (Melville House, 2014). It’s the story of a luckless,
incapable thirtysomething pothead who meets the — wait for it — yes, actually meets the Devil
Walter Davis (Bruce Willis), junior exec at a Los Angeles investment
bank, can’t get a date. Who has time for romance after arduous sixteen-hour days
at the office, massaging the assets of such valuable clients as Japanese tycoon
Yakamoto (Sab Shimono)? Unfortunately, the bank now plans a formal dinner in Mr.
Yakamoto’s honor and it would be unthinkable for Walter to turn up stag. What a
difficulty. Who will volunteer as the “extra woman," Walter’s blind date for
Enter Nadia Gates, an acquaintance of Walter’s brother Ted
(Phil Hartman). Turns out that Walter’s date is Kim Basinger circa 1987. Could
be worse, right? But Nadia’s extraordinary beauty comes with a catch.
“Don’t get her drunk,” Ted warns. “If you get her drunk, she