|This fabulous work of sand art takes beach reading to a whole new level!|
One day I had lunch with a bestselling author and, thinking to break the ice, said, "I saw that you blurbed so-and-so's latest book. I love him, too!" The ice got thicker as she said she had no idea who I was talking about--she doesn't write her blurbs. She has "people" to do that. I recalled that as I was looking over publishers' catalogues for fall books and came across some seriously odd blurbs for new books, like "Once in a lifetime, a writer puts it all together," said of a co-authored book; and a Fifty Shades of Graywannabe described as cute and charming. Or "For fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and the Twilight series." Throw in Dan Brown for a stunning Venn diagram. [by Marilyn Dahl]Over at Flavorwire, I viewed a slideshow on vintage book ads. These two were especially piquant, the first for the seductive pose of Capote and the second for the awkward prose touting Mice and Men (did the novel emerge full-blown from Steinbeck's brain, like Aphrodite from the head of Zeus?).
Of Mice and Men: Centennial Edition.