1.19.2005

The hilarious Wendy McClure, pop culture columnist for Bust, blogger extraordinaire at Pound, and author of the forthcoming memoir, I'm Not the New Me, comes up with a plan for "a book-touring femmebot" that combines the best aspects of Margaret Atwood's remote-book signing gadget and Curtis Sittenfeld's treatise on groupies for women writers:
Speaking of readings, did you see how Margaret Atwood went and invented this thing that signs books from a remote location? No, really: Margaret Atwood totally invented a robot arm that signs books. That's just surreal. Wouldn't it be great if writers just did that stuff all the time? Like if David Foster Wallace just came up with some crazy precision laser beam that can render legible footnotes in microscopic -15pt type, or Tom Wolfe devised an electromagnetic wand to detect irony in sex scenes? Personally I would improve on the book-signing invention by solving the women-writers-can't-get-male-groupies problem at the same time. That's right--I would build a Book-Touring Femmebot, with Realdoll parts and NPR personality. Among its many features it would adminster a stun-gun-like shock to anyone who says something like, "So your book, it's really just chick lit, right?" or "Why aren't you on Oprah?"
Noted first at two Cupcake faves: Tingle Alley, by way of Shaken & Stirred.

Related: Cupcake on Sittenfeld, and Kevin Smokler responds

-Lauren
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