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The Old Scout
December 22, 2008 |
Post to the Host:
I wonder if you have ever thought you might publish all of the essays in The Old Scout in book fashion?
I know hundreds of people here who would rush out and buy copies. Please, if you do this, don't edit a word!
I don't know what the point of book publication is, Patience, if the entire body of newspaper columns is archived online at salon.com. Anybody who wishes can read any of them free. The only reason to put them in a book is to have the chance to rewrite them and I don't know if I have the stomach for that or not. They're short newspaper columns, 750 words, not essays and not letters, and I think the only reason to put them in a book is personal vanity, which goodness knows I have plenty of, but am not sure that a collection of hastily-written columns would serve my vanity all that well. But I do intend to publish a collection of sonnets, including the Christmas sonnet I did on the show tonight (Dec. 20).
"The Old Scout" articles are also available here.