I know it’s weird and obsessive, but if I’m flipping through a magazine and there’s a photo of a bookshelf, or if I’m watching television and one is in the background during an interview, I’m going to stop paying attention to everything else in order to read the spines of the books. I can’t help it. If a scene takes place in a bookstore, I end up missing the dialogue so I can find out if the art director used real or fake books for the set. I read the books behind professors in documentaries, often missing the entire sound bite. I’m usually looking to see if I’ve read the same books, or if I know someone who has written one of those books, or if, you know, the off chance that I wrote the book.
Yesterday, it happened. I’m looking through the West Elm catalog. Page three, stacked on the bookshelf in the corner: Bookmark Now. How cool is that?
pamie.com is thrilled to be a part of Virtual Book Tour once again. This time it’s Jennifer Traig’s hilarious Devil in the Details : Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood. She promises me that the copy of the book I received had a binding issue, and wasn’t intentionally off-center by one centimeter. The three borderline obsessive-compulsives who tried to fix the book before a recent Writers Guild screening of Closer do not believe her. In fact, our discussion of how her publishing company was genius to make a book about obsessive-compulsive disorder have a small, irritating, disorderly flaw garnered the attention of more than one audience member sitting near us. In fact-in fact, the book held the attention of more than one Guild member much longer than Julia Roberts could. Apparently writers like things to be orderly, and Jennifer’s book was calling to us, asking to be fixed, begging to be righted, to be held and taken care of. Continue reading