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Monday, January 28, 2013
HE HAS FUN WHEREVER HE GOES
So I'm at the local branch of the New York Public Library looking to score a couple of DVD's to watch and/or books to read. Not much in the movie department so I move to the back where the non-fiction stacks live. Let's see! A McCartney biography? That'll work! And a book about baseball eccentrics written by Spaceman Bill Lee? Looks interesting. And then the jewel: "I Have Fun Wherever I go!" Hey! Paul Schaefer's book. I always wanted to read that. Cool!
By the time I get home and open book #3, I come to realize that it is not Paul Schaefer's book as I thought...but Mike Edison's instead, a guy I know from Screw Magazine and a dude I employed to write reviews for Escort Mag after Screw folded. Bummer! Just because I know Edison and was aware he scored a book deal a few years back doesn't mean I'd rather read his misadventures over Paul's!
Now don't get me wrong. I don't have a problem with Mike Edison - even if he's a legend in his own mind if not mine. Edison (as I said) was the Editor of Screw Mag in its final days...and I assume an off-and-on contributor over the years (not sure - I haven't read his book yet). While it was clear he knew how to write and had an intelligent point of view, Mike had a problem - no Copy Editor. And thus errors along the lines of "they're" appearing in the text when "there" was what he meant...or "cant" where "can't" was what he wanted were ubiquitous in his writing.
I once gently asked Mike about these obvious elementary school errors and his response was "I was doing jury duty at the time. What do you expect?" What I expected was that somebody as thoughtful and intelligent as he - and with a book deal - and a long list of publications of which he'd been Editor - would be conscientious enough to not make glaring errors of that nature.
Whatever...there came a time at Escort Magazine when we needed a reviewer who would see chosen escorts and then get paid to relate the experience. Nice work if you can get it I'm sure we can all agree. And Mike was more than smitten when we called him. Book deal and Editor of Screw notwithstanding, I didn't get the idea that he had a line of groupies outside his door. Edison was definitely down with the program although he refused to use his real name - something I wasn't that happy about.
I can't remember how Mike's first review went...but the second was awful. It was way too short...contained the word "dont" instead of don't" (back to that again)...and boasted an ethnic slur along the lines of "her slanty twat" (the girl was Asian). Given the reality that Edison's performance in the review arena had more downs than ups, he got the hook.
Whatever...regardless of my appraisal of Mike's work, I sit here green with envy as I eye his published and in-the-library book. And having just finished Baseball Eccentrics last night, I will soon be moving on to his account of life as Editor of Screw, High Times and High Society. If nothing else, I'm sure I'll know a lot of the people he writes about. And I'm guessing he had a Copy Editor so the text will be without all those mistakes he used to make at Screw.
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P.S. I just finished the first chapter of Edison's book. It's excellent - and not one typo.