Friday, April 18, 2008


I keep running up on these great quotes.

This one is from Myla Goldberg via the NY Times Review of Books blog, Paper Cuts. Goldberg is the author of the novels Bee Season and Wickett's Remedy (neither of which I've read, but I might now!).

Q: Whose books are generally shelved next to yours in bookstores? How does it feel to be sitting between them?

A: I’m too abashed to seek out my books in bookstores all that often; it feels a little too much like public masturbation. When I do get up the nerve, I just look for the “Memoirs of a Geisha” guy, Arthur Golden, because that book is almost always in stock and facing frontside-out due to the pretty Japanese lady on its cover. She’s my beacon: I look for her, glance to her left, and then slink away, feeling kind of dirty.


  1. Wickett's Remedy is on my wishlist! If you read it first, I'll find out if it's good. ;)

  2. That is a great quote... I feel that way even when I read back over old comments... I'm happy they're there, and then feel ashamed for taking pride in them. They're just comments, after all.

    Of course, I don't have a pretty Japanese lady to look out for.

  3. Heehee. If I had a book published, I'd probly feel the same way.

  4. Love it. My books would end up on that same shelf, in the 'Gs' - I'd look for The Lord of the Flies cover.

    Bee Season was great; I couldn't get very far in Wickett's Remedy, even though I wanted to. I'm not a lover of footnotes and it's full of them (side notes, actually); it's part of the story - kind of a gimmick. I didn't have the patience.

  5. It reminds me of a moment from Gideon Haigh's diary of a club cricket season, 'many a slip'. One of his team mates reported that he'd just seen a copy of 'The Big Ship', his biography of former Australian captain Warwick Armstrong, in the book shop.

    'I trust you didn't do anything stupid, like buying it?' Haigh asked.

    'No' the team mate replied 'but I did put it back in the shipping section.'

  6. I would've thought only the book spines show :)

  7. Ha,ha... I love that quote!

  8. I read this as well and thought it was hilarious. I also loved her quote regarding her use of the internet. She said she used it for the obvious things -- e-mail, research for her books, etc. But, she said something along the lines of (not an exact quote) 'barring the destruction of the world's libraries' she wouldn't be using it for much else. She said she is forced to spend more time online than she wants to now.

  9. LOL, Dewey. If I ever get around to Goldberg it'll probably be Bee Season. I've never really had any urge whatsoever to pick up her stuff until now!

    LOL, Stephanie, I feel the exact same way.

    Me too, Kim. :)

    Terri, I'll have to give Bee Season a go. Would it make a good audio book? I'll have to see if my local library carries it.

    LOL, Stu. Can always count on you for a good anecdote--and a cricket one, at that!

    Anil, I have to agree with her, Memoirs of a Geisha is often stacked with the cover showing. It's pretty!

    Me too, Iliana!

    Lisa, I was tempted to include that quote, too. Loved it!


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