Wine in baby bottles

Wine in baby bottles?? Innovative or Unimaginative?? Funny or stupid?? I mean give me a break.

I could never ever in my wildest dreams bring myself to suck booze out of a baby bottle in public, let alone opening up shop where other people could do that. Even if I were suffering from a obsessive compulsive disorder or drinking out of a baby bottle at age 30 why would I wanna pay an exorbitant price (not-yet-open -hyped-NY-restraurant.. duh..) to do that? Who in their right mind would?

For sanity of the NY public at large, I really hope this new fondu place does intend to be an 18 and older place. Just thinkabout it, doesn’t the idea of sucking on a baby bottle in front of your impressionable children and scarring them for life sould like a very very idea to you? or worse, in front of your mom and dad on her 60th birthday celebration? Eeeeewww.. can’t get creepier than that.

I for one am sure not going to this place. How about you?

Buy Books From Your Local Bookstore, Now

A beautifully written letter from the president of author’s guild.

December 11, 2008. I’ve been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren’t known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers don’t lose enough money, however, to receive congressional attention. A government bailout isn’t in the cards.

We don’t want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let’s mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that’s just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance!

There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they’re easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children’s books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they’ll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books. Then tell the grateful booksellers, who by this time will be hanging onto your legs begging you to stay and live with their cat in the stockroom: “Got to move on, folks. Got some books to write now. You see…we’re the Authors Guild.”

Enjoy the holidays.

Roy Blount Jr.
President Authors Guild