Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I was happily trolling Abebooks in between meetings, looking to see if someone had a galley of Inherent Vice available (quod non).

Then I ego-surfed and found the blurb below.

So: You go give a reading in far-off lands, someone buys one of your books and has you sign it, and then sells it on Abebooks with a 900% mark-up. (So, that was what was up with the one dude who didn't want his name in it.) Cojones with a nicely reduced sauce of gall. Well, given the complete and utter lack of attention for my book in the States: Good luck, my friend!

(But if that copy sells, I'm-a-gonna get me an Abebooks seller account. Like pronto.)

Anyway, and also: My final public appearance as a writer ever (I'm sick and tired of flying for hours and plunking down hundreds of dollars to meet 5 folk -- honestly) will be at PEN World Voices at the end of this month. Something in a bar, something on a panel. Nothing major. Stay away, in droves, and go see Nadeem Aslam instead. Or Lou Reed -- a fellow member of the Syracuse-loathers club -- if you must.

Omega Minor - SIGNED

Verhaeghen, Paul
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Book Description: Dalkey Archive, NY, 2007. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 1st Australian and true 1st edition 1st impression paperback original. Book in near fine condition with no inscriptions apart from author's signature. SIGNED on his visit to the UK at Jewish Book Week. Not a book club edition, ex library or a remainder. Please request a scan if required. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 004677


MBR said...

Oh please don't say that. At least come to DC once (although there aren't too many places now that Olsson's closed). You can go to a place that serves over 1000 beers!

Sponsor A Guinea Pig said...

Yes, please come to D.C. at least. My boyfriend (of the above post) would be thrilled, and just on our own accounts we can promise a crowd of potentially four. I can also promise you that if you autograph a book for us we will all keep them forever.

We could even take you out for drinks, or maybe ice cream (though I imagine you'd have imminently more important people to dine with should you read in our nation's capital).

dan visel said...

Dear Paul,

thanks for appearing at PEN - I liked the panel very much - & thanks for signing my book, which I'm not selling.

An odd turn of events: a couple of people on sidewalk outside the FIAF after your panel looked familiar: they turned out to be Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson. Maybe it wasn't an either/or?

Dan Visel