Oh cherubs. I was so busy last week, and I am so busy today. Bzz bzz. I hope you don't mind if I just give you a lot of links to the latest reviews and interviews for Ceremony of Innocence, with my remarks.
But first I will share this hilarious comment from "Sexy Sadie" in Norway: "Why should single women need your help? There are no more boring and unsexy person than a married woman."
Well, I suppose her English is better than my Norwegian, but do you think she knows that the Beatles's song "Sexy Sadie" is about John Lennon's disillusionment with his dodgy guru? "Sexy Sadie" is the Maharishi. "Sexy Sadie", indeed.
Meanwhile, there are many exciting and sexy married women, and I would be one myself were I not afraid of tempting the men of four nations to adulterous thoughts. Although occasionally labelled a feminist, I love men so much that for their sake and in the hope of their ultimate salvation, I have chosen to be as boring and unsexy as I possibly can be. The video below will doubtless provide evidence of this self-sacrificing, spiritually maternal love. Sadly, thought, my attempts at uglification are not always enough. Have I mentioned the young Bangladeshi chef who tried to chat me up on the bus...?
Okay, so first here is a splendid review by Jennifer in Melbourne, Australia's Kairos magazine. Thank you very much, Jennifer. It was a timely reminder that I ought to write about weighty subjects more often and not just rabbit on about how men are the caffeine in the cappuccino of life.
And here is Anamaria's review in Oklahoma City's Sooner Catholic, in case you missed it. Anamaria is not related to the Anna Maria in Ceremony of Innocence.
Here is the latest on Amazon, which contains my first (public) squashed tomato. I was wondering when I would get a squashed tomato, and what sort of squashed tomato it would be. It was a "this isn't Catholic enough" squashed tomato. And my disappointed reviewer still gave me 3 stars, so I can't complain.
Now, here is the Toronto Catholic Register interview, which I am afraid to read because my interviewer gave me my first break at the CR and our mutual Church politics are so different when I am at home we shout at each other about Vatican II while others stand outside his office door and giggle. Okay, that happened only once. But look how he referenced Colm Toibin. Oh, oh, oh. David Lodge, okay, but Colm Toibin is... Blah. Incidentally, I am not wearing make-up in that photograph.
And below is a snippet of the live video of the interview, which was conducted over the internet. I was wearing more make-up than Tammy Faye Baker so that my face was not entirely washed out by the many lamps I set around myself so that Michael could actually see me. Oh dear, it's terribly embarrassing, and my hair looks white, but don't forget that although I am trying to sell a book, I am trying to be boring and unsexy, too, so as not to tempt the men of the world. Incidentally, Polish readers will note my momentary confusion of Poland with all of Europe, which B.A. says is the only mistake I made. Naturally I cannot stand to watch this video myself.
Oh, crikey! I have a radio interview at 5 PM today, and I just remembered!
Update: And here's a mention from Sarah. Thank you, Sarah!