No reply from Jonathan Lethem yet, fellow adventurer. Perhaps his secretary, Lucy, is in the business of losing emails. Or it could be that they read it together, had a long laugh, and then tossed into cyberspace, never to be seen again.
But it won't deter me. Today I sent yet another email, this one in the most tricky way, for I am a tricky boy. There is a book filled with essays about Thomas Berger that I read a year ago. In the back of the book is a secret, a secret so secret that I will tell it now: There's an interview in there between Thomas Berger and David Madden, editor of the book. It's interesting. Never reveal this secret!
I figured that finding this David Madden guy would be a good way to go since he had some interaction with Mr. Berger and probably went to his house for dinner a couple times and maybe spent a couple days on Berger's couch when Madden's wife and he were fighting (is this true? I don't know. But wouldn't it be great?).
"Ah, Mr. Madden. Feel free to peruse my library while you cry softly
into a mug of my finest kool-aid."
I found David Madden's website (which was made in 1999 and looks like it) where I learned that he works in the English department of California State University (go Hornets! Specifically Herky! Herky who is a Hornet!).
Herky: the Hornet, the Ladykiller
Knowing professors, I decided that this time I would go the route of schmoozing. I started my email by telling him how enthralling his book was (even though I only read half of it) and how great it was to include the interview so that we could get a look into Thomas Berger's process. I debated telling him how he deserved a Pulitzer for his work and possibly an honorary knighthood from the Queen, but thought better of it. After laying on a thick paste of schmooze, I got to the point. I told him I am an undergraduate at USU (true) and that I want to study Thomas Berger during my graduate studies (maybe true, but honestly, I understand nothing about graduate programs). Then I made the bold move and asked politely and in a very roundabout way for Mr. Berger's contact info.
My sneakiness surprised even me! Surely, fellow adventurer, this shall lead to triumph.
SPORTZZZZZ!!!!!(it was the only triumphant thing I could think of)!!!!
Hopefully I'll get a reply, even an angry one. As long as someone sends me a reply, I'll know that there's a world outside of my small town (it's quite possible this is the Truman Show and that you are all using me for your entertainment, which I would get because I'm very interesting).
Wish me luck, fellow adventurer!