March 7, 2006

BOOK TOURING WITHOUT VIOLATING THE TIME-ZONE RULE (via Rick Turley):

Gadget Lets Authors Sign Books From Afar (JILL LAWLESS, 3/05/06, Associated Press)

Margaret Atwood has had enough of long journeys, late nights and writer's cramp. Tired of grueling book tours, the Booker Prize-winning Canadian author on Sunday unveiled her new invention: a remote-controlled pen that allows writers to sign books for fans from thousands of miles away.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2006 4:50 PM
Comments

Yep, you and Margaret Atwood. No surprises there.

Posted by: David Cohen at March 7, 2006 5:24 PM

Now,if Atwood could only acquire a machine that automatically generates coherent plots and believable characters, she'd be able to write a book worth getting signed.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 7, 2006 6:46 PM

You mean her fans will no longer get to bask in that warm, optimistic glow she generates wherever she goes? (Is it true that she's the model for "Squidward?" Or is that just an amazing coincidence?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 7, 2006 7:16 PM

Mike Morley:

"The Handmaid's Tale" has to be the worst novel I've ever read (or rather, half-read, since it was assigned reading in high school but there was no damn way they could make me finish it).

I have a recurrent fantasy in which I line up that novel on a driveway curb and run over it with my car 40 or 50 times.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 7, 2006 7:33 PM

The funniest thing about Atwood was an article she wrote around the time of the invasion of Iraq. She saw some pictures of American warplanes with shark mouths painted on them, and wrote this rant about how only a depraved and violent society like the U.S. could come up with such a horrible idea. She didn't seem to know that the Aussies invented that paint scheme in WWII.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 7, 2006 8:13 PM

Atwood prefers pin-up girl nose art ?

Fine by me.

Further, protesting the violent art on war machines seems to be missing the point by miles.

Posted by: Noam Chomsky at March 8, 2006 10:17 AM

Matt: Why fantasize? If you still have your old paperback copy, go out to the driveway and live your dream.

Posted by: Mike Morley at March 8, 2006 10:45 AM
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