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Let's Cut Down Some More Trees, Shall We?

I'm so sorry. Forgive me. I was just in a terrible, touchy mood this morning. Must have been something I ate last night.

From: Editor, Time Warner Books, UK
To: palcewski
Date: Mar 28, 2006 10:41 AM
Subject: RE: Query From Italy

Thank you for your enquiry. We do not accept email submissions; if you would like to submit something please send three sample chapters, a synopsis and an SAE to:

Brettenham House
Lancaster Place
London WC2E 7EN

Palcewski replies:

Let's cut down some more trees, shall we? Perhaps In a few years the old geezers and undergraduate assistants of TWBG will awake to the time-saving aspects of 21st Century internet technology. Or perhaps not.

Time Warner Editor replies:

Thanks for your kind email. We would have to print out at our end in any case, or we would all ruin our eyesight within years. Until we come up with new technology for reading on screen I'm afraid the book publishing trade will have to continue to cut down trees. If it eases your mind at all, we use pulp from sustainable forests for the paper our books are printed on, and recycle all the paper we use in the office. Good luck with your submission.

Palcewski retorts:

It would take you all of five minutes to read my email containing three chapters. You could quickly conclude whether it was worth my sending you a hard copy.

Go ahead. Just read it. If you think it's not your cup of tea, that's the end of it. And we'd save some trees.

What do you say?

Time Warner Editor replies:

I wouldn't dismiss it, so yes, do send us some more sample material as I suggested.

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I need to eat more of things that do not agree with me.

(Well, not really)

What about the photo? What and when is it?

I like and respect how you reacted. Unfortunatley, this seems to a case of corporate process over artistic quality.

Please tell me where you reside in Italy, I mean to realtion to all of Italy. Thanks.

Here is Ischia Online, the English version, that does a great job showcasing this paradise.

Thanks. Is that where you live?

Yes, up on the slope of the volcano, overlooking the village of Forio and the blue Mediterranean.

That is amazing beautiful. I visited Naples when I was in the Navy. This was the mid to later 70's. My grandfather and grandmother on my father's side came to America from Naples. There is a vineyard - I think somwehere north of Naples - with our last name, Cortese. I had a few bottles of their Cortese de Gavi, but it's been a while. I don't know if we're related. I want visit again, once I can plan it. This is probably too much information. Thanks.

Wow. I'm impressed he didn't just tell you to fuck right off.

No offense. But editors seem to look down on anyone who doesn't follow their directions to the letter, which is utterly ridiculous.

I must also vehemently disagree with one of his points; computer use does not ruin eyesight.*

*I bet if I googled this, I could come up with actual citations, but I will instead assume anyone who reads this is smart enough to do that for themselves. CRAZY talk.

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