Pixel Scroll 4/15/20 The Scroll Won’t Roll Because The Mxyzptlks Took The Pxl-Klickms

(1) IMAGINARY PAPERS. The second issue of Imaginary Papers, a quarterly newsletter on science fiction worldbuilding, futures thinking, and imagination from the Center for Science and the Imagination, features writing from SF author Indrapramit Das and ecologist Jessie Rack. Here is a direct link. Also, you can also use this link to subscribe for future issues.

(2) MORE BRAM STOKER PLANS. The Horror Writers Association will stream the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony on HWA’s YouTube channel on April 18. Prior to the Awards, see some of the nominees read from their works.

Here’s the schedule so far (times are PST):
BLOCK 1 (5 p.m.):
Gemma Amor (First Novel) reading from Dear Laura
Eric J. Guignard (First Novel) reading from Doorways to the Deadeye

BLOCK 2 (5:15 p.m.):
Peter Adam Salomon (Young Adult Novel) reading from Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds
Kate Jonez (Fiction Collection) reading from Lady Bits

BLOCK 3 (5:30 p.m.):
Greg Chapman (Short Fiction) reading from “The Book of Last Words”
Gwendolyn Kiste (Short Fiction) reading from “The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra’s Diary)”
John Kachuba (Nonfiction) reading from Shapeshifters: A History

BLOCK 4 (5:45 p.m.):
Eric J. Guignard (Anthology) reading from Pop the Clutch: Thrilling Tales of Rockabilly, Monsters, and Hot Rod Horror
Colleen Doran (Graphic Novel) reading from Neil Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples

(3) DATLOW ON YOUTUBE. Dacre Stoker interviews Ellen Datlow, Editor of Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, which made it on to the HWA Final Ballot for the 2020 Stoker Awards. Video hosted on the Horror Writers Association YouTube channel.

Other Stoker finalists interviewed on the HWA YouTube channel include Including Kaaron Warren, Greg Chapman, Caitlin Starling, John Langan, Kelly Robinson, and Tim Waggoner.

The website for StokerCon™ 2021 Denver is up and running! Click here to check it out.

(4) BUHLERT IN THE PAPER. Cora Buhlert says, “The local paper [Weser Kurier] did a profile about me, because I’m a Hugo finalist and those are thin on the ground in Germany, let alone in my area (Simone Heller and Marko Kloos are both from other parts of Germany).” It’s in German — “Wie eine Seckenhauserin den wichtigsten Science-Fiction-Preis abräumen könnte”. Here’s an excerpt rendered in English by Google Translate: 

…She is also one of the authors of the international blog Galactic Journey, which has also been nominated for the Hugo Award this year.

The clocks tick a little differently on the platform, strictly speaking 55 years before our time. Galactic Journey picks up on the events of the time – also with reference to the home of the authors. Cora Buhlert mentions, for example, that Werder Bremen just became German soccer champion in 1965. Science fiction does not always have to be geared towards the future: “Time travel has always been part of it,” says Buhlert.

Cora adds, “The other local paper (I live in the overlap area of the coverage of two newspapers) is also going to do an interview.”

(5) IN THE ZON. John Scalzi wrote a post about how his newly released book The Last Emperox ranked in various Amazon marketing categories – which is very well.

This elicited a comment from Rick Hellewell (a name I recognize from Jerry Pournelle’s blog) about a very interesting tool he’s put online, which is free to use. He explained:

If you want to look at the sales ranking, and see the ranking of all the Zon categories (you can have up to 10), try out my BKLNK site. This link https://www.bklnk.com/categories5.php will allow you get the info by using the ASIN or ISBN-10 numbers.

I built the BKLNK site for UBLs that can have Affiliate links for the proper Zon store automatically, then added the CATFIND (category finder) to see all the categories assigned to my books. Although the Zon allows you to have up to 10 categories (by special requires), you can’t see all 10 categories on the book’s product page. The CATFIND tool lets you see all categories (and sales rank) assigned to a book.

I’m in the middle of adding a new feature (called ‘Catalize’) that will grab the categories used by the top 25 books in a genre. I see that as a great marketing tool for indie publishers, as the authors can see the best categories they might use for their books. (You can look at any book with each tool.) The new ‘Catalize’ tool will be available by the end of the week.

Anyway, the entire site is free to use, and might be helpful to other authors. I built it for my own needs, but it has become useful for others.

Just as a test I plugged in the ID number for a Terry Pratchett novel – and that search returned all kinds of interesting information.

(6) BOOK TRADE SHOWS CANCELLED. The inevitable has finally occurred: “BookExpo, BookCon 2020 Events Canceled” reports Publishers Weekly.

After initially postponing BookExpo and BookCon 2020 from their original May 27–31 dates to July 22-26, Reedpop has canceled both events. The cancellation is the latest in a string of them affecting the biggest conferences and fairs in the book business worldwide, including the London Book Fair, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (which is planning a virtual fair beginning May 4), and the ALA annual meeting and conference.

(7) AUSTRALIAN SFF AND FANHISTORY. Past Aussie Worldcon chairs David Grigg and Perry Middlemiss have been doing the Two Chairs Talking podcast for almost a year now. In Episode 24, Perry and David, and special guests W. H. Chong and Paul Carr, talk about what it was that drew them into reading science fiction and fantasy in the first place: “Kings of Infinite Space”.

In another recent episode they interviewed Carey Handfield, Bruce Gillespie and Rob Gerrand about their experience running the publishing house Norstrilia Press in the 1970s and 80s, concentrating on science fiction and science fiction criticism. They boosted the careers of Greg Egan and Gerald Murnane among others. That’s here: Episode 22: “The best publishing house in Old North Australia”. (There’s also a history of Norstrilia Press in the fanzine SF Commentary, available here.)

(8) BAD NEWS ON THE DOORSTEP. Newsweek has the“‘Ministry For The Future’ Cover Reveal: New Kim Stanley Robinson Set In ‘Blackest Utopia’ — Our Next 30 Years”. Click through for the cover.

Science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson builds intricate future societies in many of his books, exploring how we might emerge from the depravities of our current era to create a better future for our species. But in his upcoming novel, The Ministry for the Future, Robinson isn’t visiting a half-sunk New York City a hundred years from now (New York 2140), tracking Martian terraforming over a century (the Mars trilogy) or following artists as they build sculptures on 24th century Mercury (2312). Instead, The Ministry for the Future follows more immediate possible futures, as humanity is confronted with a global warming mass extinction event.

“In The Ministry for the Future I tried to describe the next thirty years going as well as I could believe it might happen, given where we are now,” Robinson told Newsweek. “That made it one of the blackest utopias ever written, I suppose, because it seems inevitable that we are in for an era of comprehensive and chaotic change.”

(9) PIP BAKER OBIT. Doctor Who writer Pip Baker (1928-2020) has died at the age of 91. Doctor Who News paid tribute:

Pip Baker, along with his wife and writing partner Jane, was one of the best-known writers from the mid 80’s era of Doctor Who, writing eleven episodes for the series. Together they created the Rani, a female Time Lord scientist who was brought to life so vividly by the late Kate O’Mara, as well a creating the companion Mel.

Pip and Jane Baker began writing together in the 1960s working on the films The Painted Smile, The Break, The Night of the Big Heat and Captain Nemo and the Underwater City. On Television, they worked on the children’s thriller Circus as well as episodes of Z-Cars and Space 1999….

(10) TODAY IN HISTORY.

  • April 15, 1944 The Monster Maker (originally titled The Devil’s Apprentice) premiered. It was directed by Sam Newfield and produced from a script written by Sigmund Neufeld, Lawrence Williams, Pierre Gendron and Martin Mooney. It starred J. Carrol Naish, Talla Birell, Wanda McKay and Ralph Morgan. It was largely ignored by critics at the time and it currently holds an extremely low three percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes among audience reviewers. You can see it here.
  • April 15, 1960 Teenage Zombies premiered. It was written and directed by Jerry Warren and starring Katherine Victor, Don Sullivan, Chuck Niles, and Warren’s then-wife and the film production manager Brianne Murphy. Warren wrote the screenplay under his pen name Jacques Lecoutier. It was on a double bill with The Incredible Petrified World. Interestingly enough, although the film’s credits include a 1957 copyright statement for G.B.M. Productions, the film was never registered for copyright, so it’s in the public domain. And that means you can watch it here.

(11) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born April 15, 1922 Michael Ansara. Commander Kang in Trek’s “The Day of The Dove” as well as a lot of other genre work including a recurring role as Kane on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, multiple roles on I Dream of Jeannie andmyriad voicings of Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze in the Batman series. (Died 2013.)
  • Born April 15, 1933 Elizabeth Montgomery. She’s best remembered as Samantha Stephens on Bewitched. Other genre roles included being Lili in One Step Beyond’s “The Death Waltz” which you can watch here. She also had one-offs in The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and voicing a Barmaid in the “Showdown” in Batman: The Animated Series. (Died 1995.)
  • Born April 15, 1937 Thomas F. Sutton. Comic book artist who’s best known for his contributions to Marvel Comics and  Warren Publishing’s line of black-and-white horror magazines. He’s particularly known as the first artist of the Vampirella series. He illustrated “Vampirella of Draculona”, the first story of which was written by Forrest J Ackerman. (Died 2002.)
  • Born April 15, 1941 Mal Dean. UK illustrator who, as Clute at EoSF notes, died tragically young of cancer. As Clute goes on, he is “best known for the work he did for New Worlds in the late 1960s and early 1970s; it was especially associated with the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael Moorcock and others.” (Died 1974.)
  • Born April 15, 1949 Sharan Newman, 71. Author of the most excellent Guinevere trilogy (GuinevereChessboard Queen and Guinevere Evermore), a superb reinterpretation of the Arthurian saga. They’re available at the usual digital suspects as is her superb Catherine LeVendeur medieval mystery series. Alas her SF short stories are not. 
  • Born April 15, 1974 Jim C. Hines, 46. [Entry by Paul Weimer.] Writer, and blogger. Jim C. Hines’ first published novel was Goblin Quest, the tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Jim went on to write the Princess series, four books often described as a blend of Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Charlie’s Angels. He’s also the author of the Magic ex Libris books, my personal favorite, which follow the adventures of a magic-wielding librarian from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, who happens to have the same pet fire-spider lifted from the Goblin novels as his best friend. He’s currently writing his first foray into science fiction novels, the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series. Jim’s novels usually have the fun and humor dials set on medium to high. Jim is also an active blogger on a variety of topics and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012.
  • Born April 15, 1990 Emma Watson, 30. Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise which lasted an entire decade. She was Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and the voice of Prince Pea in The Tale of Despereaux. 
  • Born April 15, 1997 Maisie Williams, 23. She made her professional acting debut as Arya Stark of Winterfell in Game of Thrones. She was Ashildr, a Viking woman of unique skills,  the principal character of “The Girl Who Died”, during the time of Twelfth Doctor. She is set to star as Wolfsbane in the forthcoming Marvel film New Mutants, due for release sometime this year provided the Plague doesn’t further delay it. 

(12) COMICS SECTION.

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(14) NEEDS A BETTER LAWYER. Heinlein proved “Jerry Is A Man” but “Bronx Zoo’s Happy the Elephant is not legally ‘a person,’ judge rules”.

Elephants are NOT people, too.

That was the determination of a judge who ruled that Happy the Elephant can’t be sprung from the Bronx Zoo because she’s not legally “a person,” it was revealed Wednesday.

Bronx Supreme Court Judge Alison Tuitt dismissed the NonHuman Rights Project’s petition to grant the 48-year-old pachyderm “legal personhood” in order to move her to a 2,300-acre sanctuary….

(15) POWERFUL MUTANT. “Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours”The Guardian has the story.

A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.

The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets.

The company behind the breakthrough, Carbios, said it was aiming for industrial-scale recycling within five years. It has partnered with major companies including Pepsi and L’Oréal to accelerate development. Independent experts called the new enzyme a major advance.

Billions of tonnes of plastic waste have polluted the planet, from the Arctic to the deepest ocean trench, and pose a particular risk to sea life. Campaigners say reducing the use of plastic is key, but the company said the strong, lightweight material was very useful and that true recycling was part of the solution.

The new enzyme was revealed in research published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. The work began with the screening of 100,000 micro-organisms for promising candidates, including the leaf compost bug, which was first discovered in 2012.

(16) BUS ROUTE 9¾. “Harry Potter buses used as free NHS transport”

Harry Potter-branded buses normally used to take fans to film studio tours are being offered as free transport for staff working in the NHS.

The buses will take them between three sites in Hertfordshire, and will have on-board social distancing rules.

Warner Bros and coach company Golden Tours have had to cancel all trips to the Leavesden studios where much of the Harry Potter filming took place.

The NHS said the move was a “wizard idea”.

“Our workforce has been depleted due to sickness or self-isolation and so it’s really important that those staff who are well, but have transport issues, can come back,” Paul da Gama, from the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, said.

(17) CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG. BBC reports “JK Rowling secretly buys childhood home”.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has secretly bought her childhood home in Gloucestershire.

Renovation work is now taking place on Church Cottage in Tutshill, close to the banks of the River Severn.

The author lived there between the ages of nine and 18 and in 2011 bought the cottage through a property company in her married name.

She paid about £400,000 for the house, which is said to have inspired key elements of the young wizard’s story.

Land Registry records show in September 2011, Edinburgh-based Caernarfon Lettings Ltd, which lists the author’s husband Neil Murray as a director, bought Church Cottage.

The property was sold by BBC producer Julian Mercer, who himself had bought it off the Rowling family in 1995.

(18) ASTRAL METEOROLOGY. The BBC’s weather department reports that “The planets line up”. (“When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter collides with Mars, then pieces of the planets will fly off into the stars…”)

You might get the chance to see something special in the sky in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Around pre-dawn or dawn, if you look towards the Moon from your garden or window, you may notice three other bright dots. These dots are actually Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

Jupiter will be the brightest of the planets, as it shines 14 times brighter than Saturn or Mars. However the three planets will line up together just above the Moon and you should be able to see them all, even with the naked eye. While Jupiter will be the brightest, you may notice Mars with an orange glow and Saturn with a golden tinge. If you’ve got a telescope or even binoculars, you’ll be able to see the difference in the planets more clearly.

(19) LASHING OUT. On yesterday’s Daily Show (or as they’re calling it right now the Daily Social Distancing Show), host Trevor Noah listed a bunch of things Trump has promised to deliver, then said, “At this point Trump owes more pages than George R.R. Martin.” He continued on the Martin theme for the next several sentences. Hey, it’s not fair to build up a head of steam talking about Trump and then vent it on GRRM! (Begins around 9:25.)

[Thanks to Joey Eschrich, Andrew Porter, Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, John King Tarpinian, Lise Andreasen, Mike Kennedy, Michael Toman, Chip Hitchcock, and JJ for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Daniel Dern.]

36 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 4/15/20 The Scroll Won’t Roll Because The Mxyzptlks Took The Pxl-Klickms

  1. Another notable Michael Ansara role was as the title character in the Outer Limits episode “Soldier,” based on a story by Harlan Ellison. Also, first.

  2. @11 typo: “Grangerin”

    @15: one can hope that some rememberer of unconsidered trifles will call this particular mutant “59

    @18: channeling our schooldays snark, are we?

    @19: summarized that for my partner, whose response was “And Trump is killing more people, too.”

    @Andrew: nice to see some younguns speaking up for the classics; the recs I recognize are good enough that I’ll see if I can find any of the ones I don’t know. Thanks!

  3. @1 – I know Jessie Rack from grad school; we got our PhDs at the same institution at the same time in different departments (me English, her EEB). I mostly knew her via my wife, who was in the same department. Hers was not a name I ever expected to see in a Pixel Scroll!

  4. I’m wondering what the left behind chemical building blocks would do if the bacteria was introduced to the garbage reef?
    Oh, hey, fifth!

  5. @ Andrew:

    I totally agree with Chip about the Washington Post article. It’s so nice to see Lavie Tidhar and Silvia Moreno-Garcia get out there, and it is especially nice to see Patricia McKillip get some well-deserved publicity.

  6. One hopes that the plastic-dissolving enzyme only operates in vitro and we aren’t in dangers of bacteria consuming plastic items while they’re still serving their designated primary function.

  7. (11) I think Ansara’s Mr. Freeze in “Heart of Ice” did more to sell people on Batman: The Animated Series than any of the other early episodes. It is listed as episode 14 for the series, but I think it was the second or third episode to air.

    Also Hans Conried who did a lot of genre work. He was Thorin Oakenshield in the Rankin/Bass version of The Hobbit. He was Dr. Terwilliker in The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. He was The Source on Quark. He starred in The Twonky. He even appeared in an episode of Supertrain.

    (15) OK, for those not following at home. The Plastic Eaters was the first episode of Doomwatch written by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedler. They then turned it into a novel without the Doomwatch links and call it Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater in 1971. Does that cover it?

  8. Meredith moment: Rebellion, who it seems are the UK publishers, have the Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky on a 99p ebook sale.
    Not one of these ones where that price goes to all the sites you have up but direct.
    Link to Calculating Stars, Fated Sky accessible from that page.

  9. 5) Is ‘Zon’ a reference to the big South American river (by which I mean the online sales behemoth, not the actual big South American river)?

    11) I’m currently rewatching Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and haven’t yet gotten to Ansara – in the pilot, Kane was played by Henry Silva. (Also in the pilot, the title theme had lyrics. Once the end of the world is over, I’m going to add it to my filksing repertoire. Hey, why not, I already perform “Benson, Arizona”…)

  10. Jack Lint @ 15: Wait. It’s a novelization? I never knew that! I still have my SFBC copy somewhere, probably about twenty feet east-northeast from where I’m sitting.

    12) That made more weird turns than J. Edgar Hoover’s driver.

  11. (11) Tom Sutton was also the original artist on DC’s Star Trek comics, which were actually pretty good (though they had the advantage of following the Gold Key ones, which were charming but had only the slightest connection to the show, and the Marvel ones, which were utterly terrible.)

  12. @ C A Collins. The plastic must be ground up and heated before the enzyme is introduced so it’s not going to be used in the wild just in recycling facilities.

  13. ISTR that the Marvel Star Trek Comics were trying to build on the Slow Motion Picture, but the DC ones were in the style of Wrath of Khan onwards. Which sure didn’t hurt.

  14. For any as may be interested, Prince of Chaos (the tenth & final Amber book) recently dropped onto Kindle.

    Hoping that now that the Amber books are complete, we start seeing more of Zelazny’s back catalog showing up there.

  15. Not that it matters, but that Washington Post article was actually published March 23.

  16. 1) features writing from SF author Indrapramit Das and ecologist Jessie Rack.

    Thanks for that! I was really impressed by Das’s book The Devourers. I’ve been wanting to read more of him.

  17. John Hertz responds by carrier pigeon:

    Hans Conreid voiced George Darling AND Captain Hook in Walt Disney’s Peter Pan (1953).

    Also Snidely Whiplash in Jay Ward’s Dudley Do-Right – somehow getting connected with King Leonardo and His Short Subjects, which is surely fantasy even if Dudley Do-Right’s horse isn’t enough.

    He was known as a highly versatile actor who did everything from Shakespeare to Lost in Space.

    My favorite of all is Danny Thomas’ Uncle Tonoose in Make Room for Daddy, which I’ve managed to see some of, but not yet what I really want – outside of particular roles – his appearances on Ernie Kovacs’ game show, or something, Take a Good Look. Kovacs (whose name, incidentally, means “Smith”) has been dead fifty years and is still fifty years ahead; he was gone long before the Hitchhiker’s Guide but operated by the Infinite Improbability Drive – however, I digress.

  18. @Joe H UK publication is more of a mess. Amazon UK only has audiobooks in the Kindke store, except for The Courts of Chaos weirdly. Last I looked Kobo had most of the Merlin books, but was missing all the other Corwin books.

    Quite a number of books from the back catalogue, though.

  19. @Paul King — I think that, in the US Kindle store, at least, Trevor Zelazny (Roger’s son) has been trying to make more of his father’s books available electronically — I think he’s responsible for all of the Amber books, at least, and maybe the recent Lord of Light rerelease?

    Other than that, in the US there’s a recent edition of Jack of Shadows (a personal favorite) from Chicago Review Press, and a weird smattering of other, mostly minor works from divers hands.

  20. (5) I’m the owner of BKLNK. Noticed a big increase in traffic after the mention here. Fun to watch the realtime analytics as people wander around the site.

    As for the site, the CATFIND and CATALIZE pages can be a big help to self-published authors. Knowing what categories to add for your book can help with marketing your book. (I’ve said that “Book writing is hard, and book marketing is harder”.) So I built both of those tools to help me with my humble book-writing efforts. Nice to see others using the tools.

    Note that the CATFIND and CATALIZE tools only work on the US store, but you can use the info for books on other stores. (It’s not clear if categories are shared across all of the Zon – Amazon – country stores.) I’d add the other countries, but there are limitations to accessing the API for other Zon country stores.

    The site is entirely free, so any author can use the tools (the book category tools, and the Universal Book Links) for free. No obligation.

    Thanks for the kind mention of the site. Glad to help out other self-publishing authors. Or any author.

  21. Joe H. says Other than that, in the US there’s a recent edition of Jack of Shadows (a personal favorite) from Chicago Review Press, and a weird smattering of other, mostly minor works from divers hands.

    Kindle has a bakers dozen novels by him available including Roadmarks, The Dream Master, This Immortal and To Die in Italbar to note just some of my favourite books, so there’s a lot up already. And I wouldn’t consider all of these minor by any means as The Dream Master as the He Who Shapes novella won aNebula!

  22. I didn’t much care for Jack of Shadows — to me, it read too much like a rough outline of a larger book — but I loved Lord of Light, and I keep meaning to read/listen to it again. I’ve never finished the Amber series, either. One of these days!

  23. @StephenfromOttawa: That’s weird – the article was in yesterday’s physical newspaper.

    Agree with all that it’s nice to see that some oldies are still being recommended.

  24. Hans Conreid voiced George Darling AND Captain Hook in Walt Disney’s Peter Pan (1953).

    I think that it is standard in stage productions of Peter Pan for an actor to double the father and Captain Hook (it’s still impressive to do so, of course!).

  25. John Hertz replies by carrier piegon:

    Andrew, right on both counts, beginning with the 1904 play (Gerald du Maurier doubled as Mr. Darling and Capt. Hook).

    Note that In the 1924 silent film Peter Pan (H. Brenon; first film treatment) Mr. Darling is Cyril Chadwick and Capt. Hook is Ernest Torrence.

  26. @Andrew I know I read the piece online a while ago; I’m not sure how I became aware of it. I do have an online subscription to the Washington Post, for the sake of the political coverage.

  27. @15 I was all set to make a pithy comment regarding Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters and I find that I’ve been anticipated by half-a-dozen others here. If ever I needed confirmation that this is My Tribe… <grin>

  28. I thought Trevor Noah did considerably better at home than Saturday Night Live did.

  29. Martin Wooster notes correctly I thought Trevor Noah did considerably better at home than Saturday Night Live did.

    Stephen Colbert is doing equally as well as Revor Noah with his home show. And John Oliver if anything is a lot more profane now than he was before The Plague.

  30. I’m a fan of Seth Meyers, and I’m enjoying how he’s been taunting people with a copy of The Thorn Birds. Three copies on his table yesterday–or at least two copies without dustjackets and something with a dustjacket on it. He should’ve been more specific when he ordered several yards of cheap books for his initial home set.

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