The Unbearable Banishment: Afterglow

Sunday, June 5, 2011


I've just spent the last several days basking in the unexpected tsunami of congratulations that followed my post about the Thunder Road chapbook I helped publish. All I wanted to do was tell a story and sell some books, but the kind words that were left in the comments section and included with the orders I received were a complete surprise. What a treat!

Let's see...there are about 48 comments right now and in order to appease my pathetically needy ego, I've probably read each one no fewer than five times. That means I've read and reread about 250 comments. What an utterly shameless waste of time. I approve!

Included was a clever quip from Nick Hornby which, I suppose, is as close as I'll get to the :15 minutes of fame that Andy Warhol promised me, and a remarkably gracious comment from my buddy, Jim, who started this project with me all those years ago. Although things kind of imploded along the way, there wouldn't have been a book without him. Truth.

Thanks to those who have already submitted orders. I beg your patience, as I am a one-man worldwide fulfillment center. So far, I've gotten orders from all over the U.S., Denmark, Canada, Australia and England. (Now that I look at the list, I realize they are from the epicenters of lily-white Caucasian culture. Springsteen and Hornby's base!) Also, I'm shouldering a 40-hour work week and have two young daughters who feel they own all my free time. I wonder where they got that idea? And thanks to all who provided links, especially whoever put it on My hit rate went from a measly 80-90 per day to a fertile and potent 475 per day.

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Did I just write a post about a post? Now, that's just lazy. I've got posts about New York City in the queue.


Blogger savannah said...

and a delightful post about a post it was, sugar! xoxoxoxo

June 5, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

basking is good, especially when so clearly earned. so long as you know when to get up offa your bask, and get back to it? no worries!

June 5, 2011 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Oh yes! Bask away, UB! You put a lot of thought, work and effort into that book, along with the other people involved. It would never have happened without YOU!!! xoxoxo

June 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sav: Well, then, maybe I'll write a post about the post about the post. Calling Rod Serling.

Daisy: I'm from the northern part of the Great State of Ohio and we're not supposed to bask in adulation. It could lead to a pleasant outlook on lIfe.

Ponita: Order fulfillment is turning out to be more work than the rest of it combined. Hope I don't fuck it up.

June 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Ponita in Real Life said...

Hey, if I lived close by, I'd give you a hand with the orders just to keep myself occupied. I have a bit of free time on my hands at the moment...

June 5, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Kono said...

You need to teach those daughters about "Daddy Time", then teach them how to post packages and put them to work.

June 6, 2011 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger xl said...

"a post about a post"

New star-studded blockbuster movie, with Ryan O'Neal as UB: A Post Too Far!

June 6, 2011 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Sausage Fingers said...

Nice one.. while basking don't forget the sunscreen...we don't want any more pics of that volcanic gorge in your noggin.
Congrats again...

June 6, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger SJF said...

Glad the book is getting such great feedback, as well as you! Bask away.

June 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger JZ said...

got mine yesterday....(queue kazoos and streamers)




As somebody who's creative endeavors generally take no less than 24 months (IF it gets built), i cannot tell you how important it is to enjoy it while you feel it. There was all that hard work, you've climaxed and you're laying there, blissfully resting. For the duration that you can keep yourself from falling asleep or having to get up and shower is the only time that that sensation will linger....

....and for my next sex anlogy....Le Petite Mort! :-p

June 7, 2011 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Eryl said...

Bask away, your boyish jolliness is charming.

June 7, 2011 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous looby said...

Brilliant, and well done for wading through obstacles that would put a less dedicated person off. Link coming on my next post.

June 13, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

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