The Unbearable Banishment: Fanfare for a Common Man

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fanfare for a Common Man

I've been a bit preoccupied with the Thunder Road chapbook, hence no new blog posts. Do you miss me? I miss you. Worldwide distribution is out of my office next to the family room. People have started to receive their copies and here are some nice things they've said about it. Copies are still available. Hint.

Here I am at Lead Graffiti lettering the hardcover copies.

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I received the book today, thanks for the quick delivery!

I have to tell you, the pictures don't do it justice. What a beautiful design, from the BTR typeface to the raised lettering...simply gorgeous. I've been a Springsteen fan for three decades and this has to rank up there with some of the best Bruce-related items I've collected over the years. I feel very fortunate to be one of the lucky 200. And of course Nick's passionate and lovingly written essay. That it's personally signed is quite the bonus. This will sit well with the 1st edition copies of some of my all-time favorite books and I know I will revisit your hard-won labor of love often.

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In my hand... a thing of absolute beauty. Wow. My book arrived today, and I'm floored... even more beautiful than expected.

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Got the book yesterday and it is a beautiful thing. I really love it. Especially enjoy the black on black and white on white cloud prints. Adds a beautiful subtle layer to it all. The yellow against black is super and the letterpress text looks really nice. I kept noticing it while I was re-reading the essay.

I love the song Thunder Road, and Nick Hornby's essay just nails it!! The song is corny, overwrought and bombastic but I still love it. Like great art the song as a whole manages to create a set of emotions beyond its words.

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Additionally, the nice people at Indie found out about the book via Nick Hornby's Facebook page and wrote a feature story that (as of this writing) is on their landing page.

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Speaking of Nick, I received this after he opened his box o' books that included his hardcover inscribed to him by Bruce:

They came! They look really, really lovely, and I'm thrilled. I'm so glad you stuck it out...



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I told Nick that his hardcover is the ultimate association copy and if it ever appeared at a rare book auction, it would ignite a fierce bidding war.

Don't hold your breath.


Anonymous dinahmow said...

Fantastic! I'll link at BAO.

June 12, 2011 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

shouldn't you be watching the Tony Awards?

i'm still crabby that i didn't have a crack at one of the hardback books.

June 12, 2011 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Nimpipi said...

I am LOVING this stardom of yours, hot shot celebritiy man! If I don't want to cough up $60 can I still get your autograph? Pweaase?

June 13, 2011 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

dinah: Link away! Your copy will go in the mail today or tomorrow. Thanks for your order.

daisy: I was ping-ponging between the Tony Awards and watching LaBron get his ass kicked by Dallas. Two worlds collide!

Nimpipi: Fame; she is a ruthless bitch. Already my hit rate is sinking to its normal low levels.

June 13, 2011 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

congratulations again, sugar! this is one of those times when i wish i HAD a big sack of money! i think you've started a new 6 degrees of separation kevin bacon game!

by the by, i LOVED the opening number for the tonys! we'll talk later! xoxoxoxo

June 13, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Kono said...

Watching BronBron get his ass kicked was almost as good as my beloved city of Cleveland winning a title... note to BronBron, thanks for taking your talents to South Beach, you ain't no winna son.

June 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sav: Laughed my ass off at the opening number. Who wouldn't find that funny?! Deserved multiple viewings.

Kono: He choked! Just like he did in Clevo! I'm no fan of Mark Cuban but I like how it all turned out.

June 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger tennysoneehemingway said...

Oh yeah, really looking forward to getting my copy.

June 14, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

So Friggin' Cool.

June 16, 2011 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

I gave Yankee the book for Father's Day. He guessed what it was halfway through opening, and he was quite excited. He loved it. Job well done Mr. Banishment.

June 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

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