- writing by me!
Here is something that I'm sure everyone will like, but up until now they never had a chance to acquire:
- a book featuring writing by me!
Another thing beloved by all:
- being pressured by their friends to buy stuff!
And something else:
- paying actual money for something completely intangible!
What could be better? How about:
- buying something featuring my writing, only it's not really a book or anything you can touch, hold, or move from place to place, plus I don't even get any money for it!
Well, I think we can all agree, that sounds pretty goddamn perfect, and now that perfection can be yours. Coudal Partners is selling, for the stupidly affordable price of six bucks, a PDF-format "book" of their Field-Tested Books series, featuring short essays on the experience of reading particular books in particular places. Aside from my scribble, the book (which is lovely, and formated specifically for printing) features swell pieces by, among others, Rosecrans Baldwin, Mark Bazer, Robert Birnbaum, James Finn Garner, Ben Greenman, Kevin Guilfoile, Scott Korb, Wendy McClure, John Moe, Maud Newton, James Norton, Whitney Pastorek, Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, Daniel Radosh, David Rees, George Saunders, Jennifer Sharpe, Terry Teachout, and Claire Zulkey. That's a pretty fucking star-studded line-up, right there, folks, including a couple of the best writers in this here America.
You can learn more about it here, and download sample pages; sure, it's just a PDF, but this is the only format in which this fine and engaging writing is available, and let's be honest, at six bucks, it's a gory livid bleeding bargain. Go buy one, why not.
Also, while I'm flogging you impoverished bastards, let me remind you again: we talk a lot of shit about politics 'round here, and lament the direction the country is going, but there's no better way to put your money where your mouth is than by going here and learning how to help out LitPAC, whether through volunteerism, event attendance or donation. Now git!