You know I am a kind and serene person. But on Monday I wrote an angry note to the editor of the NYT Book Review, Pamela Paul. They recently printed an appallingly personal and mean-spirited review of a posthumous collection by Leonard Cohen. My note to her:
Now that’s impressive!
You know I’m a good-natured and generous writer. God forbid I say something negative about another writer or her work. Except for this: I heard about a novel published this year called “She Loves You Yeah Yeah Yeah,” about a girl’s obsession with the Beatles, specifically Macca, in 1966. So, since this sounds a teeny tiny bit like a certain memoir I know and love, I got it out of the library.
I submitted my memoir “All My Loving: Coming of age with Paul McCartney in Paris” (which is not specifically YA, perhaps to its detriment) to several small publishers and was turned down. This YA novel was published by Penguin Young Readers Group. Penguin! And I have to say, I hated it. Well, I guess I would, wouldn’t I? Is it just jealousy? The narrator is annoyingly blinkered, limited, whiny, and the whole scene about American high school and BFFs and cheerleaders and the laboured setup and the denouement – she and her friends meet George Harrison and Paul McCartney outside the hotel where the Beatles are staying in Boston after a concert – oh sure. Paul signs a picture for her that urges her distant father to cherish her. Oh sure.
Okay, yes, I’m jealous. Penguin. My memoir I think is more real and more gritty and more immediate and a hell of a lot funnier, plus you get to go to Paris! It was published by BPS Books, partly paid for by one Beth Kaplan.
Moving right along.
The usual chaos here. The electricians still have not finished, a week after they were supposed to be done. Kevin wants to get to drywall today but all kinds of other things are in the way.
Kevin in my bedroom
The spare bedroom
I am at the moment in the sun in my office, though my desk is covered with dropcloths and dust and soon I will be pushed out. But all this is not making me sick, as it did in December. I’m listening to Bach through my headphones. I’m sitting in the sun. I finished an essay yesterday. May you live in interesting times. Onward.