Further to yesterday’s announcement (see post below) I have received correspondence from an anonymous and cantakerous source (i.e. Aldous Egg):
Hear me when I say that if this Nonik book of yours sees the light of day in 2009 I will eat my hat, your hat, your wife’s hat, Nonik’s hat, Carl Stensson’s hat, Heidi Kohlenberg’s hat, Jinpes Terenk’s hat, Johannes Speyer’s hat, Eva Holubk’s hat, Pyetr Turgidovsky’s hat, Napoleon’s hat, Margaret Thatcher’s hat, Aretha Franklin’s hat, the Cat in the Hat’s hat, the Mad Hatter’s hat, Magritte’s model’s hat, Van Eyck’s hat/turban, the wife of the man who mistook his wife for a hat and his hat too, Fritz Kakfa’s hat, Franz Kafka’s hat, Jean-Paul Sartre’s hat, Max Beerbohm’s hat, Harry Bensley’s hat/helmet, the Queen’s hat/crown, a workman’s hat, a surgeon’s hat, a hat-maker’s hat, a hustler’s hat and every hat worn by anyone who happens to be walking down my street on the last day of this dear year.
Well – what can one say? I hear you, Mr. Egg – I hear you loud and clear. And let me say that it looks like quite a feast you’re preparing there, even when you consider the fact that 1) some of these people you list may not actually own a hat (e.g. Carl Stensson) or 2) they own hats which would, let’s be fair, be somewhat difficult to acquire.
Still, thanks for the feedback and I’ll take care to send you a copy of the book when it appears (which will, of course, be soon).