kitchen table math, the sequel: advertisements for myself

Friday, April 23, 2010

advertisements for myself

A couple of days ago I caught sight of Ed's copy of The New York Review of Books lying on the kitchen table. (Where else?)

I looked at the cover, didn't see anything that caught my interest. Normally that's the end of it. I never look at the table of contents.

For some reason, though, this time I did. I opened the paper, turned to the contents, and was skimming down the list, asking myself why I was doing this since I wasn't feeling any more interested on this second pass, when suddenly I realized I was reading familiar words: Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. Which hadn't been mentioned on the cover.

I had no idea!

After I stumbled across the review I called Ed to alert him, then left the house without reading more than a few paragraphs. I hate reading reviews. Ed called later to say that it was a "rave," and I still have not read the thing in its entirety.

But I'm glad it's there.

6 comments:

Crimson Wife said...

An "amazing tour de force" is quite the compliment. Congrats to you and Ms. Grandin!

Catherine Johnson said...

Thank you!

I told my agent: I'm going to tattoo that comment to my forehead.

That is **the** best thing anyone has ever said to me about my work.

Katharine Beals said...

Big congrats! I *still* need to read your book!

Glen said...

Catherine, I've been reading your blog for many months but have resisted the temptation to post until now. I can't resist any longer.

Congratulations to you on this wonderful accomplishment. I'll bet I'm speaking for a lot of flies on the wall when I say that I appreciate what you do in this blog, so I'm delighted to see something this good happen to you.

And may I suggest that instead of the tattoo you consider a custom sweatshirt with a blurb from the review printed on the front. When you sit down (or stand up) to write, put on the sweatshirt to get into the right mood.

--Glen

K9Sasha said...

That's awesome news!

I like Glen's idea. You can get a custom sweatshirt made, and a custom shirt for summer. They can be your good luck/inspiration shirts.

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