Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Profound disappointment, an appreciation and some clear East coast, liberal media bias. Or, just another day at TBWCYL, Inc.

Wow, so the New York Times has decided that Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine is not one of The Top Ten Best Books of 2008. Obviously, there is a sense of profound disappointment here at TBWCYL, Inc. headquarters, not to mention confusion, and even some rage. That said, when we take a step back and wipe away the tears of frustration, it does become ever more clear to us that this is just another example of a clear East coast, liberal media bias at play, something that has little to do with the actual book itself and everything to do with where we live and choose to write. Now, we have tried to ask ourselves what if anything we can do about this, but we realize there is little to nothing one can do in the face of such an ingrained, and arguably, inbred culture, except try again next year of course. Well, that and express our great appreciation to the team at Pete Lit for listing Most Likely... as an honorable mention on their self-described "obligatory" Good Reading 2008 list. Many thanks Pete Lit, you rock, as does the mid-west. Big time.


Pete said...

You could always go the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" route, and move back to Binghamton.

As for the honorable mention, please take note of the roster of heavy hitters in the top ten - to even be within shouting distance of those writers is an honor in itself.

Ben said...

Well, it's not like we haven't considered relocating to Binghamton, but to be frank the corporate tax breaks here are just too good.

As far as the honorable mention goes, we are way appreciative, and actually feel somewhat bad about dragging everyone else down to our level.

Tim Hall said...

Forget moving back to Binghamton, Ben, just change your last name to "Knopf"--apparently that's all it takes at the NYT.

Pete said...

An author named Knopf publishing with Knopf just might make the NYT's collective head explode.

Ben, I should have known it was tax breaks that were keeping you here, corporate creature that you are. I hear the city will also give you a tax break if you pay your zine's intern, and an even bigger one if you don't force him to wash and wax your car in subfreezing temperatures and do give him an office that isn't actually the broom closet. Hint.