Daniel Handler — It’s the Words (A Thank You From Lemony Snicket)
Lemony Snicket is this year’s winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award for his picture book, The Dark, which is illustrated by Jon Klassen. (Press Release)
Here is Mr. Snicket’s representative, Mr. Handler, singing an anthem of thanks to the award committee.
April 14, 2014
Daniel Handler doled out sage life advice to fans of all ages Sunday during a chat with fellow author Ransom Riggs at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. […]
He did always want to write, Handler went on to say, citing “the slight alienation day in and day out brought to you by the ordinary world” that characterizes people who live most deeply in books.
But he always assumed he would be “a strange writer in whom nobody took any interest.” Like Riggs, he was an admirer of Edward Gorey as a child, as well as “any writer who occupies a world of his own: Henry Darger, Terry Gilliam … Miley Cyrus.”
Read the whole article over at LATimes’ website
The 6ths — Waltzing Me All the Way Home (feat. Odetta & Daniel Handler)
"Marred only by my own accordion playing, the 6ths’ Hyacinths and Thistles is one of my favorite albums in the world, although it is very difficult to say out loud.” —Lemony Snicket
Merely two months ago there were already 2000 complete strangers following this confidential blog. Now there are 700 more people being unnecessarily exposed to secrets that put anybody who sets their eyes upon them in peril and distress. I implore those of you to let trained professionals handle peril and distress, and rather turn to reading delightful books by the likes of Loney M. Setnick, Enid Blyton or J. K. Rowling.
The story of Stephin and Snicket
How did you become involved with the Magnetic Fields?
I had been a longtime fan of [Stephin] Merritt's music for quite some time and had spent many an hour dreaming of collaboration, when by coincidence I met someone who knew someone who knew him. "He writes songs every day at the same diner," I was told, and so I went there and sat down at his table and introduced myself. He saw I was reading a Henry James novel. We began to talk and are still talking.
wow that sounds creepy
Many of Mr. James's works do cast a certain chill.
Which Henry James novel?
"The Spoils of Poynton," if memory serves.
Lemony Snicket trying to climb a rainwater pipe. Photo by Meredith Heuer.
"If you put your mind to something, make sure the something is worth it." —Lemony Snicket
"Inside the window are three Styrofoam heads wearing wigs. Inside, the employees wear coats in the same shade of white. We followed one of them home one night and he lived in a house right across from another pharmacy.
The employee, not the coat.”
Picture source. Art by Lisa Brown.
Order Lemony Snicket’s “29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy” on Amazon UK.
Lifeless in appearance, sluggish dazed spring approaches.
William Carlos Williams, "Spring and All"