Monday, January 5, 2009

Time Out Chicago's Best of 2008 and one faux corporation's completely misguided yet undeniably rampant narcissism.

Time Out Chicago has come out with its Best of 2008 lists and we here at TBWCYL, Inc. couldn't help but notice an interesting trend on its Books list, which please note is subtitled "We offer up the books, trends and people that made this Chicago's year." Under the subheading "Clearest sign the apocalypse has been postponed: StepSister Press," Time Out describes the renaissance of small presses popping up here in Chicago and references not just Orange Alert Press, but the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography as well. If that isn't enough, the list goes on to cite its choice for "Best reading series," and names the quite wonderful Quickies! Now we here at headquarters in no way want to imply that any of this attention has any thing to do with us or our connection to said denizens of Time Out's Best of list, but we would like to suggest that if you want to enhance your chances of being named to the list in 2009 you might just want to consider publishing our work or inviting us to read at your reading series. Can we make any promises? No, according to our legal department we cannot. And are we being terrifically narcissistic, albeit horribly misguided here? Yes, totally, but that was always one of the chief reasons we started this blog in the first place. Well, that and changing lives of course.


Pete said...

Fine job of connecting the dots, Ben. Yes, that TOC piece was all about you. I suppose you even helped create The Lazarus Project, too.

Ben said...

We're not going to say we created it, but we would ask whether you have ever seen us and the Aleksandar Hemon in the same room? Think about it.

Pete said...

I've only met Hemon once, but now that you mention it, I don't remember seeing you there. Eerie.