originally published on 11/9/2009 DH: A list recently published in The New York Times by a noted…
One of my earliest memories has me lying on the floor of the den, right below the TV, teaching my then best friend how to read Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop. I may have been three or four at the time—past the age of gleefully shouting out the letters of the alphabet while watching Sesame Street, but apparently also past the point of discovering how much fun lay in the words on a page.
I wonder if my route out of publishing may end up being more interesting, or at least more telling, than my route in. There are forces at work in the industry that apparently cannot appreciate the importance of bibliodiversity and seem to want nothing more than to homologize, incorporate, consolidate, iron out any bumps and rough spots. Diversity is as necessary to the book industry as it is to any ecosystem, which is something these mindless forces will not, or cannot understand.
I’ll disclose to you my secret way of judging how close married couples are. Talk to the husband, just talk, and see how many times, if ever, he refers to his wife by name. This experiment may take some time. But if you have repeated casual conversations with a man, and he never refers to his wife by name during any conversation, or at least says “my wife”, I would wonder how close the couple is.