As Summer Wanes, We Look Ahead To Awards Season

August 9th, 2005 · 4 Comments
by Booksquare

We had our first clue that SoCal is entering Awards Season (you will recall that we don’t celebrate the traditional seasonal structure here; we are an efficient community, and have streamlined the year in to two halves: Summer and Awards Season) when we tried to buy citronella oil in mid-July. No can do. If you’re going to have an outdoor event, it must be anticipated, planned, and shopped for no later than Memorial Day. Retailers cannot be held responsible for your lack of foresight.

The second clue is more of a steady trickle of notices and announcements. For example, you all received the memo on the Quill Awards? Coming to a television near you this October, the Awards will, uh, well, do something. This, apparently:

“pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz.”

The New York Sun takes its time snarking away at the Quills. Too corporate, too mainstream, too focused on popularity yet not really the choice of readers. It’s almost as if we’re talking about a real award here, they go on so long. Ah heck, let them honor the bright and shiny kids in the class. How often does network television remember that books exist?

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

4 responses so far ↓

  • Karen // Aug 9, 2005 at 7:58 am

    Window fans are a tough find right now too. Alas.

  • Booksquare // Aug 9, 2005 at 8:09 am

    You are up way too early — and, as I’ve been told, you can’t change how retail works. You should have planned ahead many months ago for your need. If I must suffer, you must suffer. You will have to make do with paper skeletons and carved pumpkins like the rest of us (if arranged in a pleasing pleated fashion, they can catch the breeze like nothing else). Soon there will be cardboard turkeys on the market — if attached to a popsicle stick, they create a lovely personal cooling device that is both portable and energy efficient.

  • Karen // Aug 9, 2005 at 5:03 pm

    Trying to figure out royalties on used books is a waste of your intellect — that turkey fan idea is a winner.

  • Booksquare // Aug 9, 2005 at 9:14 pm

    Yes, but I believe I could be sued. When I was a Bluebird (the poor mother once thought I was appropriate for organized girly stuff; this was the mother who compromised by conceding that reading on porch was playing outside), we made turkeys out of Reader’s Digests. As my turkey fan is based upon this great time-waster, I think going much further would be dangerous. Also, I don’t know what happened to my uniform. Probably wouldn’t fit anyway. Never did look good in short skirts anyway.

    Plus royalties are so much fun. Truly. I am, if truth be told, having a small discussion tomorrow on the glory that is the holding and releasing of reserves. You, much to your dismay, know me well enough to understand that there’s a certain frisson of whatever is frissoned (which may not be appropriate for this blog) in me. You hold a reserve, you release a reserve…the joy.

    Besides a girl needs a challenge once she’s sworn off male bashing.