Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Year of Wonders

I just finished reading Alex Shakar's essay on his journey as a relatively unknown writer to hobnobbing with Joyce Carol Oates and Clive Barker.

  "It was midday on a Monday in early August of the year 2000 and the bidding on my first novel had reached six figures, then paused for people to track down more cash. I was 32. I’d never made over $12,000 in a year."

All the attention and anticipation leading up to his novel's release comes crashing down when 9/11 happens just eight days before the book's release. His novel, The Savage Girl, has now been translated into six languages so everything worked out. It's also the newest edition to my wish list on Amazon so he's got that going for him as well.

My favorite part of the article is when Shakar is on a shoot for Details magazine to promote the book and is dressed in an 80s getup and directed to:
"“And jump off that bench.”  She pointed.  “And throw out your arms and kick up your heels.”"

I've never kicked up my heels. I'm sure I'd probably throw out my back if I did.

The Year of Wonders

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