Lost in the media deification of Joan Rivers, is that the Book Shopper blog has reached its 300th posting milestone.
Little did I realize that when I began this blog in 2008 that I would still be cranking out a post at the rate of about once a week. It has evolved from being a shill for my book The Book Shopper: A Life in Review, which was published in 2009, to a Atlanta-Decatur book events review with paying sponsors, to something that is now ill-defined, but always personal. The best thing about blog-writing for me is that it keeps the pen to paper and the ideas flowing. I enjoy writing; I loathe the time-suck of getting published (or getting my thoughts out there). Blogging is a low-cost remedy.
On anniversaries, such as the 250th posting, the 200th posting and the 100th posting, I do a a recap of some of my favorite or popular postings since the last anniversary. Following that precedent, here are some you may have missed:
--Book Cover the Color of Lipstick. The story behind this photo (shown here) from The New York Times.
--Meeting author of the World World II Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson.
There are also many postings about my obsession with William Tecumseh Sherman and Ambrose Bierce and books about maps, book shopping in Mexico that you can scroll through and find easily.
I can't really say that this book blog was a ground breaker like Joan Rivers (what about earlier comediennes such as Totie Fields, Moms Mabley and Phyllis Diller?), but taking a page from Rivers legacy, sometimes you just have to hang around long enough to get the recognition you deserve--even if it is self-recognition.
Thanks for reading, you fabled few, and don't try to stop me.