Reviewing Christopher Hitchens' Mortality
P.T. Barnum is alleged to have said, "There's no such thing as bad press, so long as they spell your name right." But what is one supposed to do when the press is good, but the spelling is not?
Shoot the messenger, bite the hand ... and toot one's own horn, I guess. So damn the clichés and full speed ahead.
I suppose I would better have done all of the above when I first got my complimentary copies of the magazine in the mail back in December, but illness and the press of other business got in the way of proper self-promotion.
Those copies made for a sort of early Christmas present, but signed with an insult (presumably unintentional).
Or, as the old joke goes, I found good news and bad news in my mailbox.
Since I am one who prefers his misery lessened rather than his happiness punctured, that's how I'll tell the (brief) story.
The bad news was that Humanist Perspectives magazine thinks my first name is spelled GeoffEry, not GeoffrEy.
The good news is, its Winter 2012/2013 edition contains my review of Christopher Hitchens' post-humus meditation on living with the cancer that led to his death, Mortality.
(And, perhaps karmically, though the ultimate E and R are reversed in my byline and the table of contents, both my name and my website address (that's www.ed-rex.com folks!) are exactly right inn the two-line bio below the essay.)
I won't pretend it isn't gratifying to see some of my work in actual (paper) print again. 2009 was a while ago.
But, though the Winter issue of Humanist Perspectives</a> is still the current issue and can still be found on better newsstands across Canada, I think it's time to share the work with the rest of the world.
The full text (very slightly modified from its magazine publication) lives behind this link. And you guys are first in line.
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