A few months ago, I ordered two books from the N+1 publisher people. One was called “What We Should Have Known” and it was a panel of very earnest English lit people talking about the books they liked, the ones they didn’t, the ones they read too early and the ones they read too late. The book “What We Should Have Known” only has one review on Amazon, and I did not write it. My book on Amazon has 8 reviews and I don’t think I wrote any of those either. Seems odd that my book would have more reviews than a semi-famous literary publication is able to manage for their books. It must not be literary to care about reviews or something, which I find hard to believe.
My friend austin ____ islam forwards me an email from another type of earnest literary type who is taking a creative writing course from some of the n + 1 people. I read this email, and generally thought it was enjoyable. The email is about an N+1 softball game in which semi-famous literary author Chad Harbach hits a few softballs and everyone is impressed. From what I understand, N+1 was started before Chad Harbach was semi-famous, or maybe N+1 helped him become semi-famous.
The email mentions this semi-famous Vanity Fair piece in which Keith Gessen, an N+1 editor writers about Chad Harbach becoming semi-famous, thereby creating and cementing Harbach’s place in literary lore and Gessen cementing his place as a chronicler of literary lore. This seems to be the only piece that Keith Gessen has written for Vanity Fair, which is one more than the total pieces I’ve written for Vanity Fair.
The person that wrote the email that Austin forwarded to me is cementing his place as a chronicler of chroniclers of literary lore.
The other book I received from the N+1 publishers was one called “No Regrets” and I think this one was also about post-collegiate life and the books these people read. This one came after “What We Should Have Known” and hence I read “What We Should Have Known” first.
Last Sunday night, I was about to leave for church and I potentially had a few hours to kill after the service ended, but before a couples baby shower in which I would be attending alone. I took “No Regrets” into my 2000 off-red Honda CRV to read in that in between time. Last year, I purchased the 2000 Honda CRV from my friend Pierre for under $1000 last year after my 2003 black Saturn Vue shredded its own tires. Instead of reading “No Regrets” I instead went to a non-authentic taco place with people from my church where we shared stories about where we hung out in college. The book I wrote that has more Amazon reviews than “What We Should Have Known” is about tacos.
I left “No Regrets” on the floorboard of my 2000 Honda CRV and it remained there for approximately 3 days. On the third day, I think, it started raining a lot and the next time I went to my 2000 Honda CRV, there was water in the floorboards. And the mats were wet and moldy-like. The seats were fine. The console between the seats was fine. The stuffed unicorn and giraffe that belonged to my children were also fine. The only item that was “damaged” was the book “No Regrets” which was published by N+1. I have not read “No Regrets” yet, and all the pages are wet. I opened up the wet book and I could still make out the words. The printing quality was good. I should maybe add that to its Amazon review? It has no reviews on Amazon. The book is still in the CRV. I have not taken it out, because it is wet.
My father, who is a man in his sixties, happened to be visiting me during this time period of extreme CRV flooding and me and him examined the exterior of the CRV to try and find out how the water reached the inside of the car. The rubber piping(?) looked fine, it was sealed, none of the windows were down and this had not happened to me or the car before, in the approximate year and a half I’ve owned the car.
No regrets. I should have known.
Austin included a brief note in the email he forwarded to me. Here is a line that Austin included in his email:
“hey josh, thought if anyone could enjoy this as much or more than i did, might have to be you”
That’s true. I did enjoy the letter about N+1 as much as Austin did. Thank you Austin.