Monday, April 6, 2009

Random (Literary) Thoughts on a Monday Morning...

Pages to Type is out there in the trenches, sifting through the reports of the new Al Gore book and posthumous Michael Crichton tomes to bring to light the underreported nuggets of real gold which have been largely overlooked by the rest of the world. Little Cheese Today I bring you the story of publishing's greatest prize... has closed the voting and tallied the votes and awarded the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of 2008! The winner is... The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais Setting aside the fact that the book rings in at a whopping $795.00 at, (Holey swiss cheese, Batman!) the book is a critical look at cheese packaging in light of global environmental awareness et al. Which is nice. But what none of the stories I've read about this address is how much demand there really is for a 60 mg container of cheese? Unless my calculations are way off, that's .002116 ounces of cheese. It's not a typo either unless it originates on the cover of the book. So... is there a market for syringes of cheese that I don't know about? Kinda makes you want to read the book doesn't it? Yeah, ok, not really but I'd like someone to read it and report back. Any volunteers? Didn't think so. Rumors of my Retirement... The rumored retirement of the Mark Twain of Latin Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez are apparently greatly exaggerated. According to his hometown newspaper (by way of Reuters booknews), Gabo is too ornery to retire and and wants the worldwide press corps to get off the lawn!
...the author answered the phone call from El Tiempo, he said: 'Call me later. I'm busy writing." ~The money quote from Reuters
Where would literature be without our curmudgeons?

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