A month ago, I received an email from Mr Richard Nash, the Editorial Director of Soft Skull Press. I thought it was just another fan-mail (*roll eyes). I was wrong.
It was way better!
“So, while we can’t send you all of Nigella Lawson’s book, I was wondering if you might like a copy of Mari Akasaka’s VIBRATOR, since I see you like Banana Yoshimoto…? If so, could I get your mailing address?“
I replied with a rather lengthy email that could be summarized as something along the lines of “Hell, yeah!” One can only try that hard to play hard to get.
Last week, a really impatient postman rang, knocked and hollered outside my door as I hurriedly got dressed to greet him. I took the suspiciously thick package from his hands and thought: This can’t be one book. I ripped the package open with the tip of my tongue peeping gleefully out of the corner of my mouth.
Thank you, Mr Nash, you horribly generous man. I can’t wait to start on the three books you’ve sent me.