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Lemony Snicket was born before you were, and is likely to die before you as well. His family has roots in a part of the country which is now underwater, and his childhood was spent near the sea in the relative splendor of the Snicket Villa which has since become a factory, a fortress and a pharmacy and is now, alas, someone else's villa.
Mr Snicket first received his education from public schools and private tutors, and then vice versa. Early in life, he learned to reupholster furniture, a skill that turned out to be far more important than anyone imagined. He has been hailed as a brilliant scholar, discredited as a brilliant fraud and mistaken for a much taller man on several occasions.
To the untrained eye, Mr. Snicket's hometown would not appear to be filled with secrets. Untrained eyes have been wrong before.
There was a scandal, of course and the aftermath was swift, brutal and inaccurately reported in the periodicals of the day. It is true, however, that Mr. Snicket was stripped of several awards by the reigning authorities, including Honorable Mention, the Grey Ribbon and First Runner-Up. The High Council reached a convenient, if questionable, verdict and Mr. Snicket found himself in exile. Once the recipient of several distinguished rewards, he is now an escapee of several indistinguishable prisons. He is widely regarded as one of the most difficult children's authors to capture and imprison.
A studied expert in rhetorical analysis, Mr Snicket has spent the last several eras researching the travails of the Baudelaire orphans. During his spare time, he gathers evidence and is considered something of an expert by leading authorities. Recently, he had to give up his hobbies due to laws regarding musical performances in mountainous terrain.
Lemony Snicket published his first book in 1999 and has not had a good night's sleep since. There are thirteen books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events, and they should be avoided at all costs.
Until recently, he was presumed to be 'presumed dead'. Instead, this 'presumed' presumption wasn't disproved not to be incorrect. Most things written about him are not true, but this is.
Eternally pursued and insatiably inquisitive, a hermit and a nomad, Mr. Snicket wishes you nothing but the best.
spoopyxrose said: My teachers and peers keep pressuring me to find what I want to do after college. But I find I'm so stressed and lost that I don't even know what I love to do. There isn't any time, and there isn't any feeling anywhere. Everything makes me so anxious that I can't imagine what I would do if I didn't feel this way. How do I get enough of my life in my grasp to live it?
It is not unusual, at the end of any bout of training, to feel anxious about the next steps. One must find an interesting place to live—preferably with a lot of bookshelves—and interesting people with whom to do it. Then you will find there is all the time in the world to sit with these books and people and converse, and from these conversations life will spring.
Hurry Up and Wait is the second collaboration between Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the first of which was Girls Standing on Lawns. Vintage vernacular photography from MoMA is reillustrated by Kalman, with Handler providing brief, poetic annotations. Pre-order your copy here.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014 is out today!
Guest introduction by Lemony Snicket Edited by Daniel Handler
A word from editor Daniel Handler:
A collection of journalism, fiction, poetry, comics, stage plays, interviews, and podcast transcripts culled from a mountain of material that was published, posted, or otherwise presented over the previous year. While you were likely wasting your time, a dedicated team of individuals went through this material and gathered together their favorite things.
If you have wrong questions about your education, or the education of the someone you know, or are simply wondering if your suspicions about your school or teachers are unfounded, forward your queries to Mr. Snicket HERE. He’ll see what he can do.
Answers will be posted on Tuesday, October 7th @ 4p EST / 1p PST.
Clip from Luc Chamberland’s "Seth’s Dominion" (2014)
A documentary that has been in the process for eight years, "Seth’s Dominion" is having its international premiere in London at the Raindance Film Festival on October 4.
SYNOPSIS: Canadian cartoonist Seth, best known for comic books such as Palookaville, is one of the world’s great storytellers in the form. In his personal projects he transforms his poignant inner life into observant and witty graphic stories. He is also incredibly prolific, producing semi-autobiographical comics and award-winning commercial work, as well as what he calls his “little hobbies.” Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on his articulate subject, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation in an artful fusion of filmmaking techniques that perfectly captures Seth’s manifold creative universe. In this deft portrait of one of our most unique artists, Seth proves to be a wry and engaging narrator of his life story and artistic process.
Winner of the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s Grand Prize