So flattered to have been asked, so bewildered about what to say
November 29, 2007 03:19 PM
Oh Crap. I've been asked to participate in a literary roundtable and recommend a bunch of books for the Christmas season at a popular website read by a bunch of smart people. I feel kind of like the airhead celebrities they profile in Vanity Fair and ask, "What's on your nightstand?" And they come up with something like Elfriede Jelinek's Einar that their publicist googled and had them say when they filled out Vanity Fair's form and which we all know is total b.s.
Do I just come right one and say uhh... well... I haven't actually, you know, been reading a lot of what you might call "books" lately. What with the new job and the baby and, um, you know... all of that. Also I kind of maybe only have a two minute attention span anymore because of blogs. So.... I'm not really down with all the latest editions and, like, it's been a while since I've been in a bookstore except to get to the cafe at Joseph-Beth. You know, so maybe my contribution wouldn't be exactly what you're looking for, which is what people like National Review and New Criterion contributors are reading these days, because that's the kind of people who are contributing to this thing.
Do I just come right out and say that? Or should I just recommend Elfriede Jelinek's Einar? Suggestions, please!