Thursday, 14 June 2007


S ometimes you have to kick a cover idea around for weeks before it settles into place:

Other times it's all there from the first sketch:


Journey's Steve Perry held back permission to use "Don't Stop Believin' until Chase told him how the story would end. People mag has the best version.

McSweeney's can use a few orders following their distrubutor's bankruptcy. I'm starting with this one: The Riddle of the Traveling Skull by Harry Stephen Keeler: In dozens of dumbfounding novels, Harry Stephen Keeler ecstatically catapulted the mystery genre into an absurdity that has yet to be equaled. Now, the Collins Library is proud to usher his best-loved work back into print. The Riddle of the Traveling Skull begins with a cutting-edge handbag and grows to engulf a villainous Bible-spouter, experimental brain surgery, Legga the Human Spider, and the unlikely asylum state of San Do Mar.

London's flashing judge: The Daily Mail's coverage includes a courtroom sketch of him holding up the underpants.

A different judge in Washington "pressed a $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaning shop which he said violated consumer-protection laws when it lost his pants.
The lawyer for the Korean immigrants who run the dry cleaner said Pearson was looking for a way to resolve his financial difficulties after a divorce."

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Blogger James Robert Smith said...

I havne't ordered the King Canute book yet. Must do so.

I think The Sopranos got more response than the geckos.

14 June 2007 at 05:46:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favourite judge story is the penis pump guy:

Donald Thompson is a former Oklahoma judge who on June 29, 2006 was found guilty on four counts of indecent exposure after using a penis pump while presiding over court cases. The jury recommended four years in prison and $40,000 per count in fines.

Thompson insisted throughout his trial that he had never masturbated while on the bench, and that the penis pump was a gag gift which he had never used. Police, however, found evidence of semen on his chair and robes, and audio recordings of trials included a "whooshing" sound that the judge could not explain.

14 June 2007 at 12:14:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Neil Gaiman said...

you'll love the Harry Stephen Keeler. I am a member of the Keeler society, you know...

16 June 2007 at 18:51:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

And indeed it was Neil gaiman's post from the middle of last year that introduced me to his name.
i wrote here
and linked to your post of the previous month in which you quoted a whole astonishing paragraph of the amazing Mr Keeler. (other links given)

For anyone with an archaeological inclination.


16 June 2007 at 20:33:00 GMT-5  

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