November 30th, 2006


Book news and more

One step closer to the bookstore, or wherever;  Small Beer Press announces that Endless Things  can be now be "pre-ordered" -- I'm notsure if you have to pay now, get later, or just sign up, but the following page will tell you, if you care:   <>

Note that just above mine,  to further incite bibliophilia, is the new Elizabeth Hand novel, Generation Loss.  Anyone who's heard her read from it knows that this is an ambitious new tack for this endlessly inventive writer to take.  Keep the credit card handy after putting in for mine.  (The Small Beer edition of mine, by the way, is invisibly numbered:  those who go for it now wil get copies numbered 1 through whatever, and though the number can't be discerned or discovered in any way, YOU WILL KNOW.)

The beautiful photograph that forms the cover is by Rosamond Purcell , as[info]joculum has noted.  SHe is the photographer who has ong been associated with Stephen Jay Gould, taking lushly beautiful photographs of moldering scientific collections, bottled fetuses, etc., and also of decaying things she has collected for years from a junkyard in Maine which she celebrates in a new book, more writing than pictures, called Owls Head (pub. The Quantock Lane Press, also publisjer of her new picture collection Bookworm, wherein the picture chosen for my cover can be found as well as other minatory and cautionary pictures of ruined and moldering books.  I replied to joculum as follows:

I have long admired Purcell's work, and first saw that picture that's to be my cover at the Mount Holyoke College appearance of the Olaus Wurm recreation. In their full form the pictures are even more wondrous, of course, in part because huge and powerful color laser printers can print them on what amounts to watercolor paper, making them trompe-l'oeil works (or maybe you'd have to call them fake trompe-l'oeil). It was my suggestion to use the picture, which Small Beer waws glad to do; in looking for an image of it to show them, I learned of the new books "Owl's Head" and "Bookworm", and now am working on an essay-review for the Boston Review of Books about her work. She is an astonishing writer -- which I hadn't known.

Opportunity knocks again, or, maybe those generals and overthrown dictators were real people too

What I like about this one is that it ends with the proffer of a link to a site about how to write non fiction: 

Mr. Christopher Hall has sent you a link to a page on, the site about nonfiction narrative.


Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Christopher Hall the attorney to MRS SUHA ARAFAT, the wife of YASSER ARAFAT, the Palestinian leader who died in Paris. Since his death
and even prior to the announcement, my client Mrs Arafat have been thrown into a state of antagonism,confusion,humiliation, frustration
and hopelessness by the present leadership of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the new Prime Minister.She have even been subjected to physical and psychological torture. As a widow that is so
traumatized, she have lost confidence with everybody in Her country at the moment. You must have heard over the media reports and the Internet on the discovery of some fund in her husband  secret bank account and
companies and the allegations of some huge sums of  money deposited by her husband in her name of which she have refuses to disclose or give up to the
corrupt Palestine Government. In fact the total sum allegedly discovered by the Government so far is in the tune of about $6.5 Billion Dollars. And they are not relenting on their effort to make her poor for
life. As you know, the Moslem community has no regards for woman, hence her desire for a foreign assistance.You can visit the BBC news broadcast
below for better understanding of what I am talking about.

She have deposited the sum of 18 million dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is withheld for now until we open communication. It is on this note that she have asked me to look for a very good trustworthy
and God fearing person to help her receive this fund into his or her account while she come to join the person and start a new life all over. I am base in london right now. I shall be grateful if you could
receive this fund into your bank account for safe keeping and any Investment opportunity.This arrangement is known to you me and my client Mrs
Arafat.In view of the above, if you are willing to assist for our mutual benefits, we will have to negotiate on your Percentage share of the $18million that will be kept in your position for a while and invested in your name for her trust pending when her Daughter, Zahwa, will come off age and take full responsibility of her Family Estate/inheritance.


I'd be happy to supply the contact information to anyone who wants to profit from this.  I admit the last one didn't pan out too well.