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Wednesday, 28 December 2005


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ben wolfson

I once tried, not very hard, to get a NYRB rep to give me a free copy of The Anatomy of Melancholy, to no avail. This was four or five years ago, at an ABA conference, so it wasn't completely unlikely that they'd be giving free books away; in fact, I think at the previous year's convention they had given my mother a free copy of A Month in the Country which she then gave to me.

I also didn't get any free books from the Dalkey Archive, though I did have a very brief conversation with Chad Wossname.

The point of this comment is, did you notice if The Anatomy of Melancholy was among the books displayed? Because that is a long-ass book.

Rich Puchalsky

Using my mastery of Frist-style long-distance medical diagnosis, I deduce from some of your sentences that you really should get more sleep.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Well, that one sentence is supposed to be terrible. As for the tense and subject-verb agreement issues, well, they've been "dealt with."

The Little Womedievalist

What's this I hear about books? Husband, one of these days we will be able to afford real furniture; what will become of the book sofa, book-mattress, and book table? Once again you have thrown down the gauntlet. Be prepared for an increase in plague, anchorites, and axe-wielding men on book-covers.

You will rest your head on the Riverside Chaucer, and like it.


I had virtually teh same experience with the New York Review of Books women. I had thought at the time that I was just incredibly charming and stylish in my MLA suit. Alas, that is not the case. In fact, I was at their booth when one of the birds stopped by and left a little present (they too thought it was good luck).

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