Hey buddies! Did you miss me? I missed you! In a physical way. Hey, here’s some chatz!
Steven: Fay, my old comrade
Steven: guess who’s back?
Steven: back for chatzz?
Fay: Is it Jess? She was fun
Steven: do not be afraid
Fay: I am a little….
Steven: i’m pretty intimidating
Steven: physically and mentally
Fay: I sure missed this
Fay: So whatcha reading this lovely sat(urday)?
Steven: well mon frere, I am currently just about to finish The Sisters Brothers Steven: which is THE BEST
Fay: The best ever?
Steven: but still great regardless
Fay: the best of ToB?
Steven: I want to say yes?
Steven: I realise that it’s easy to say that when you’re reading something
Fay: Better than The Art of Fielding???
Fay: Better than The Sense of an Ending???
Fay: THERE ARE MANY EXCELLENT BOOKS
Steven: yes to the second, i guess no to the former but i think i like it more
Steven: WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THIS ISN’T
Steven: HUH HUH
Fay: No I just meant I’m overwhelmed by choice
Steven: me too but i really love this book
Steven: i’m going to tattoo it on my head
Steven: ALL OF IT
Fay: Good call
Steven: thanks, solving last months tattoo dilemma
Fay: Your enormously swollen head will be the perfect size
Steven: that’s what she said
Steven: so fay, whatCHU readin?
Fay: I have FINISHED 1Q84 which was, may I say, delightful!
Fay: (review pending)
Fay: and now I am reading The Hours by Virginia Woolf who is my hero
Steven: i’m pretty sure her name’s nicole kidman
Fay: and in shop news I have just finished Why We Broke Up by Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler with gorgeous illustrations by Maira Kalman
Fay: I highly recommend all of them!
Fay: And I am ALSO enjoying the first 20 pages of the Tiger’s Wife
Fay: And THAT, my friend, is just what I’m reading today
Steven: what’s in the news mate?
Steven: the book news
Fay: Amanda Knox is in the news with her huge but awkward payout for her tell all
Steven: ah yes, amanda knox
Steven: good kid, not a murderer
Steven: OR IS SHE?
Steven: ugh daily mail
Steven: use a different paper
Fay: but this article takes the prize for longest title and creepiest stalker photos
Steven: seems pretty fair
Steven: years in jail deserves some cashola
Fay: but who really cares?
Steven: about what?
Fay: her? I mean haven’t we seen it play out all over the news already?
Steven: have YOU been wrongly jailed for murder and then released amid mass publicity WHILE LOOKING PRETTY?
Steven: if nothing else fay, CERTAINLY not that last part
Steven: HARD HITTING FACTSNEWS
Steven: that’s what i do
Fay: Newsbolt: Steven is jerk!
Steven: Newsbolt I INVENTED NEWSBOLT
Steven: moving on
Steven: putting aside the question of whether aknox (as i like to call her) IS a celebrity, how do you feel about celebrity authors in general
Steven: as in celebrity first, then later author
Fay: How do you THINK i feel?
Fay: not great.
Fay: I mean I really hate those celebrity tie-in books like Kardashian Konfidential or that Justin Beiber biog (excellent quote: “if you’re after the world’s most narcissistic yearbook, this is your new bicycle”)
Fay:I mean they’re just using the book as a medium to sucker small children into parting with their hard earned cash
Steven: you know what i loved? how in the trailer for the j bieb movie mr voice over man says, and i quote, “they said he would never make it…”
Steven: WHO SAID THAT EVER
Fay: Not Usher, certainly
Steven: anyway, i somewhat disagree with you
Steven: if a celebritay wants to write somethin WHY NOT! it’s not like the book is some all hallowed thing that you need to hold up and only allow certain people to do. it’s not like there’s an exam you have to pass to become a writer and nor SHOULD there be. celebrity writers are not DEVALUING anything, they’re just adding another, questionable maybe but still, book to the enormous world of books
Fay: I think they ARE devaluing something!
Steven: CERTAINLY NOT CAPITALISM MON FRERE
Fay: They are devaluing the work of people who spend time and effort and skill in the production of a book
Steven: how though?
Steven: they’re not held up to the same level so why does that matter
Fay: The Kardashians are all like ‘lalala we should write a book’ and then they pop out some lame quotes, get it ghost written and TADA a kid buys that instead of some quality literature
Steven: mr booker is not going to choose kardashian konfidential for his book prize
Fay: But it is a COMPETITION
Steven: but it’s NOT one or the other
Fay: Capitalism I mean
Fay: People go into a store intending to buy a single book, and they waste it on, not even a bad one, one that barely qualifies
Steven: look, people are not going to choose between a kardashian book and dostoevsky
Steven: anyway, diff’rent strokes for diff’rent folks is what i’m getting at
Steven: (i don’t know what that means)
Fay: Yeah but they might have bought something better, with a real narrative arc or character building and imagination and some not celebrity person getting money that they probably could put to better use
Steven: alright we’re going to have to agree to disagree, but i think that those books and, say, the sisters brothers (only $19.99!) have completely different purposes, and that’s fine
Steven: and THAT my friends is a wrap
Steven: a chat wrap