Monday, September 22, 2008

It's Hard To Be Anything But Humble: Part II In What Will Undoubtedly Become A Series

I was visiting an older relative this past weekend. We were talking about the book I expect to be writing the rest of my life. I think she was feeling sorry for me and was trying to think of some way to offer encouragement, because she said to me, "Gail, have you ever thought about writing comedy?"

I sat there for a moment, and then I said, "I think that's what I'm known as--a humorist."

She said, "Oh. Really? I thought you'd be good at that."

More on the subject of humor: Laughter in the Dark in The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

3 comments:

MotherReader said...

I've always thought of you as a humorist. It's one of the reasons that I've recognized you for an I *Heart* Your Blog Award. Come by and see.

J. L. Bell said...

I lost faith in the Humor article when the writer made clear he was upset that Humor is (so he says) always shelved farthest away from a bookstore's door.

Retailers often put some of their most desirable products far away from the door. That makes customers see everything else as they walk through the entire store and back. That’s why the milk and eggs are always at the back rear of the supermarket, not right near the checkout counter.

Humor and Children's Books are usually way in the back of the store because they draw people in, not because they don't get no respect.

gail said...

John--I think those bestsellers that are piled up at the front of bookstores should be at the back for just that reason! We want to encourage impulse buys on the part of the customers looking for Stephanie Meyer and James Patterson.

Oh, and Pam, I did go by and see. Thank you.