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Fame at last! [Mar. 3rd, 2009|12:35 pm]
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Ten days ago, the Guardian's Saturday books diary included a brief report of an event starring Martin Amis and Howard Jacobson: "'You see before you the last two comic British novelists,' Amis announced. 'If I had to pick three pieces of prose to make you laugh,' Jacobson said, 'one would be by Martin and the other two would be mine.'"

This level of self-congratulation would be hard to take even if it were true; which, since Terry Pratchett is Still Not Dead, it isn't, and I wrote to the Guardian to say so.

I was pleased, on Saturday, to see that they had printed my letter. I was even more pleased when I noticed that it was the subject of Tom Gauld's weekly cartoon. Gauld offered an explanation why Pratchett might have been overlooked ("OH NO!!! IT'S THE HUMOROUS FANTASY AUTHOR!" - maybe, though I still think that folie à deux is explanation enough).

But this morning brought real, peer-reviewed fame: I'm in the Ansible! My work here is done...

From: artistatlarge
2009-03-03 03:16 pm (UTC)
Well, congratulations- quoted not once, but widely!!

And thank you also for that link to Tom Gauld: what brilliant work, most inspiring!
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2009-03-04 09:37 am (UTC)
I'm happy to have made the introduction; not a fan myself, but glad to be part of the network!
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[User Picture]From: athenais
2009-03-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
In the first item, even! And well said, too.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2009-03-04 09:38 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2009-03-03 06:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, star!
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2009-03-04 09:39 am (UTC)
A very small star, but twinkling proudly!
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[User Picture]From: nineweaving
2009-03-03 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! You and Gauld and Sir Terry make a glorious triumvirate!

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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2009-03-04 09:40 am (UTC)
Assuming that a triumvirate, like a three-legged stool, stands firm however much smaller one of its members may be...
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[User Picture]From: cellio
2009-03-05 03:29 am (UTC)
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