Friday, May 18, 2007

Taking a break from the break

The book is done and out - not down and out, hopefully - on bookshelves in stores and libraries across America, and in homes across the world, in some pulpits too. I've done what i could to flog it through personal appearances, interviews and book fairs, and will continue to promote it as a perennial, if not best, seller. It's up to you all to hold up your end and go buy a copy. If the brick-and-mortar bookstores don't have it in stock, they'll order it for you; it's all over the web, even Walmart and e-bay list it, for God's sake. I don't quite know what to make of it when sellers on A Libris and AbeBooks ask over a hundred bucks per copy, more than twice the cover price. Should i be flattered that it's so highly appraised or is it just an instance of rapacious capitalism?

The flurry of activity having tapered off, i've started working on the follow-up Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk and other projects. God knows, i have a million things to do, but it's been difficult to come down off my high and tackle the tasks in front of me with the same level of energy. I keep going from one thing to the other, instead of working steadily on one thing to completion. It has, however, given me pause to reflect more than i have been lately, basically to stop and smell the roses, or the coffee which i happen to love. I've resolved to go out more, see people, movies, exhibitions, the like. Not to push myself so hard, but just do stuff, like writing in this blog.