I’m Baaaaaack….with some Newton notes…
A return to full blogging this week, I promise, but just to get things going (barring that little amuse bouche re Google voice recognition) with a teaser for a renewed assault on the “Diary of a Trade Book” series, I thought I’d post a reactions to a couple of bits of Newton and the Counterfeiter news. (As always: Amazon,Powells, Barnes and Noble,Indiebound and across the pond at Amazon.co.uk,Waterstones, Blackwells, Borders,John Smith & Son.)
First, still very happy with the Library Journal’s placement of the book on their year-end, “Best of” list — but I have to say that I was truly chuffed by the implied institutional critique and explicit compliment coming from Henry Bass, book editor for Essence, who compiled his list of those who should have been finalists for the National Book Awards. Among them, he said, blushing, mine own Newton….
My thanks to Mr. Bass, and my heartfelt admiration for his exquisite and discriminating taste…;)
Next: I’m so far behind in acknowledging (and disseminating) positive reviews and blog mentions that I can’t even begin to dig myself out just yet … but one post that did stand out for me was this one by Paul Levy at the Running A Hospital blog. Why such special notice from YT (beyond the obvious desire to point up praise wherever I can get it)?
Because, as astute readers of this blog will note, I’ve been having trouble keeping up with even the minimal task of getting something up a few times a week, just because I’ve got a day job and students and a wife and a kid and all that stuff. I should complain: Paul Levy’s day job has him runnimg the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center here in Boston, which, for all that I find that no spare second survives the crush of the demands on my time, is unquestionably a more demanding job than mine — by a Secretariat-at-Belmont margin, I’d guess. So if he can find the time to say nice things about my book, I can find the time to wonder how the heck he managed to read it, much less write about it.
More, and more substantive stuff to come…but for now, channelling my inner Ed Murrow: good night and good luck.
Image: Hokusai, “Portrait of a man of noble birth with a book,” before 1849