Daniel Nester Found Out That Hitler Found Out That “United Breaks Guitars”

August 9, 2009 — 0

Back in June, I posted about Dave Carroll, who by now everyone knows had his guitar broken by an initially unrepentant United Airlines.

Since then, there have been too many updates to keep up to date on. Tributes, imitations, pledges of solidarity, hateful rants against United Airlines, donations, and now this, which Daniel Nester just posted on his burgeoning site:

For more inappropriate content, please visit Daniel Nester’s site and prepare for the debut of his new book, HOW TO BE INAPPROPRIATE, this fall.

For more on David Carroll…nah, enough about David Carroll for a while.


Noah’s Friends Push His Book To #1 On Amazon In Just A Day

August 6, 2009 — 5

A few weeks ago, author and organizational psychologist <a href="*1_noah+blumenthal_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_Y_us_10003_*1_*1_*2_*2_*2_Y_Y_*1_Relevance">Noah Blumenthal</a> launched a campaign to land his new book, <a href="">BE THE HERO</a>, on the New York Times Bestseller List, a lifelong goal. <img class="alignleft" title="Be The Hero" src="" alt="" width="174" height="270" /> He asked each of his friends to tap their social networks and spread the word: For every one of his books purchased on August 4th, he pledged to donate a portion of his royalties to the <a href="">Miami Childern's Hospital</a>. If he makes the NY Times Bestseller List this week, he's going to donate 100% of the week's royalties to the hospital. So far, it's actually working. By concentrating sales on August 4th, BE THE HERO shot up the Amazon ladder faster than any book that day. He passed everyone from Malcolm Gladwell to Harry Potter to...


“How To Be Inappropriate”

August 3, 2009 — 4

Zoo Press published my book of poems, THE COP WHO RIDES ALONE, in 2002. I think like 25 people bought a copy, and that’s ’cause they were just being nice or are in my family. Then they all sold their copies back to The Strand and Amazon.

By the way, you can buy this amazing book right now for $1.82

In the absence of publishers’ marketing budgets for books not written by celebrities and their mistresses, it’s funny what people will do to get you to care about a book they’ve written.

Sloane Crosley wrote a book called I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE CAKE. I am going to go buy it. To promote her book, Sloane made dioramas. Yes, dioramas. Witness her moment of eureka as she had the idea:

Plexiglas! Yes! It was like The Graduate redux. I could turn my essays into three-dimensional dioramas and at least attempt to make them as detailed as the ones I used to make with my dad. So I picked three essays—“Sign Language for Infields,” “Smell This,” and “The Pony Problem.” I figured they were the most visual and that they would lend themselves the best toward diorama production.

They’re actually kinda cool-looking:

And there’s even a music video: