Hi, both of you. I hope you’re well. First of all, I just wanted to let you know that the banana slug cookies are selling exceptionally well. The bakery actually ran out of them over the long weekend, and now they’re into the second printing. Oops, I mean, baking. In some ways this is even more fun than the publishing thing. My cookies, unlike my writings, do not provoke extreme emotional reactions. No one can go on Amazon and describe my cookies as arrogant or overly profane. They just gobble them up, wash them down with a nice cold glass of milk, and that’s it. Today I went into the bakery and I vowed to keep my mouth shut, just this once, but just when I was walking out the door, I turned around and said “Those are MINE! I designed those!”
Now for those books I was talking about. The first one is called The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time so it’s nice to see one of his books fly above the radar this time. I just love his droll sense of humor and his writing style. The sentences are so well-tempered and clear. The other one I mentioned is Lydia Davis’s translation of Madame Bovary, which is so good, it will make you want to write her letters asking her to translate his other books, too. More news about cookies and books very soon, and welcome back.