But then today, this arrived in the mail:
and I started to feel much better.
If you haven't heard of this, it's Nicola Griffith's Lambda Award-winning memoir, And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer's Early Life, published last year by Payseur & Schmidt. Two great things that go great together: Griffith is a phenomenal author (her Aud books leave me humbled by her writing prowess and wanting more; my parents gave me her novel Always last year for my birthday, but somehow, inexplicably, I've yet to read it, a problem I shall remedy soon), and P&S put together ridiculously beautiful editions of books and chapbooks.
And Now... is not just a book, but a multimedia, multisensual memoir experience,
a boxed set that includes the memoir bound in five volumes (including diary entries, photographs, poetry, and early fiction). The box also contains a facsimile of Nicola's first book (created age 4), a CD of songs by Nicola and her early-'80s punk band, Janes Plane, as well as three scratch-n-sniff cards, a fold-out poster, a letterpressed preface by Dorothy Allison, and a numbered signing sheet.
I just kept taking more and more things out of the box, like a bottomless treasure chest. Safe to say, it is one of the most beautiful book-related things I've ever seen.
I'll be reviewing And Now... for The Internet Review of Science Fiction sometime in the near future.