Your 1 Thing for Today: Thursday, Nov 16
Thu Nov 16 2006
This footnote-laden doorstopper is turning ten tonight. How might you fete it? Excellent question. First of all, tell it you need it to accompany you on an errand tonight and then make sure all its friends have come up with stories about where they're going to be. Make it think you've all forgotten. Get it good and sad—it's really the only way. Then pack that sad (but probably a little embarrassed that it's sad because it thinks by age ten it should be beyond birthdays) book into your bag and head out on your "errand." Now Infinite Jest may confess to you that it's kind of glum because no one remembered its birthday. Whatever you do, don't crack. Just sit there, safe in the knowledge that what you have planned is going to surprise the book so much it may pee its pages and suffer PTSD for years to come but that's a small price to pay for those priceless pictures, you know. And aside from the one being surprised, everyone loves surprise parties.
Then take that depressed book down to Housing Works at 7pm tonight for its birthday party, Jest Fest '06—a big wingding featuring brainiac novelists, journalists and also John Krasinksi, the awfully cute actor from The Office who is in town filming DFW's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Yell SURPRISE! Don't forget to make the book feel bad for doubting you.
Need a funny but true story which is more than tangentially related but not about surprise parties but includes a picture of Scott Baio? Ok sure. I'm game.