"I cannot live without books." -- Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why aren't you coming a week earlier to LA, Alain deBotton?

I have long loved Alain de Botton's work. How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, Status Anxiety, The Art of Travel, and even On Love, which I was lucky enough to find in a used bookstore and devoured like all the rest.

This past week, a kind gentleman arrived with a galley of deBottom's latest book. I was thrilled until he informed me that it was already spoken for. I actually cooed at the thing like it was a new baby and shelved it for Paige, after calling her to let her know that she must understand how much I love her solely based on the fact that I hadn't run out into the night with it, never to be seen again.

I love this man.

He is coming to speak in LA. He will be at the Getty Villa. Several of my friends will be going, and I will be on the way to Barcelona with my family. Wah Wah, I know, but I am still sad.

Please Alain de Botton, come back to LA. Come to Book Soup. Please come visit on the 10th. You could pop in and we'd give you a nice tour of the store.

It would make me feel less sad about missing your speech in person. In the meantime, Paige is lending me the book for my trip. Not complete consolation, but I'll take what I can get.

Keep writing... you make many of us very happy.


Kim said...

I believe he is at the Getty Center not the Getty Villa, per the Getty Lectures page and Zocolo.

Caroline said...

Thanks for the correction, Kim! I will have a different landscape when I imagine the lecture I am missing...boohoo.