Well, Sandy kicked the hell out of our little part of the world, didn’t she? The devastation is apparent. It is tragic and heartbreaking and difficult to move—or think—past. My own little family spent two days in the dark (though fairly happily when compared to so many less fortunate) and are now finally enjoying the comforts (and Internet!) of other family members. My apartment in lower Manhattan still has no power, nor does my office in the Flatiron Building, but we tend to look on the bright side of these things: I got to spend more time that normal this week with my six-month-old and my wife.
But what is this? The Picador Book Room tumblr has posted nothing new since, excuse me, Sunday? And our email and phones are completely down? We anticipate the Blackberry network going down once or twice a day in sunny weather, but Outlook? Well this, sir, will not do. This cannot stand. There is book business to be done. To this end, a few miscellaneous notes from the Picador Publicity Department (allowing Editorial, Marketing, and all other Publicity staff complete deniability):
If you are planning to run a review of @ParisReview’s Object Lessons, and need cover art, pull it from here HERE
However, if the review you plan to run is unfavorable, I’m sorry we can’t help you.
If you are planning to run a review of @DylanJonesGQ’s Biographical Dictionary of Popular Music, and need cover art, pull it from here HERE
However, if the review you plan to run is unfavorable—be it because he asks “Am I alone in believing that Lou Read hasn’t made a good record since 1972?” or because he calls (the great, great) Neil Diamond the “sultan of schmaltz”—I’m sorry we can’t help you. Also, you may have no sense of humor.
If you need a mock-up to shoot for your Jan/Feb magazine issue for any of the following books:
@alaindebotton’s funny, insightful, hugely intelligent HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEX
@Philippa_Perry’s fresh, essential HOW TO STAY SANE
@NickTurse’s landmark history KILL ANYTHING THAT MOVES
Ian Hamilton’s first Ava Lee Mystery to be published in the U.S., THE DISCIPLE OF LAS VEGAS
or REVENGE: Eleven Dark Tales from the author of the bestselling The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yoko Ogawa
Um, well, yeah… The thing is, we don’t know when we’ll be able to provide these, but bear with us. We really, really want our books (favorably) mentioned in your next issues. How’s this: call 646-307-5525 every two hours until someone answers and we guarantee that, when we do answer, we’ll help you right away.
TONIGHT: If you are in Brooklyn—or Manhattan or Queens and enjoy a hike—and craving some community, some conviviality, some culture, make your way to Congregation Beth Elohim this evening for @CommunityBkstr’s 7:30pm event with Paul Auster and Don Delillo: http://communitybookstore.net/events/
If you are settled in at home and have power (which, if you’re reading this, it’s likely if not certain you do), Thomas Frank, columnist for @Harpers and author of the mega-bestseller What’s The Matter With Kansas? and, more recently, Pity the Billionaire, will be on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann at 7pm and on Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer at 8pm.
If the event with two legends and the political interviews with a really smart guy talking sense aren’t your thing, well, damn, I don’t know. I might suggest you…
…cook a pot of chili
…tip your favorite bartender better than usual
…create a Warren Zevon station on www.Pandora.com
…watch North By Northwest
…hug your family
…go to bed early
Or just read a good book.
(photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccho)