It’s my birthday, and I’ll buy if I want to

But I don’t want to — I want YOU to. What I want for my birthday is for each and all of you to rush out and buy yourself a copy of this fabulous book. Then buy one for a friend, as an early, or belated, birthday present. Available wherever fine books are sold.

Why, you ask? Because it has heartbreaking, or funny, or breathtaking stories by such writers as Alice Walker, Walter Mosley, Paul Theroux, and well, ME. Not enough, you say? It has art by folks like Eric Fischl, Art Spiegelman, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. More, you want? We, the writers and artists, do not get the profits; nor does Simon and Schuster, who published it. Who does? The ACLU!

So — get yourself, and a friend, or many friends, a great book (and yes, it comes in e form), make a contribution to the ACLU, and celebrate the fact that I’m a year older.

Well, someone has to celebrate it. Not me. But get this book!


  1. Ellin says:

    I just put this on hold from the Brooklyn Public Library. I tried to do so yesterday but their system seemed to have the flu. So while today is not your birthday – it is your UN-BIRTHDAY!; I feel some guilt at not purchasing the book to help you in your aging, but as I age the need for objects to leave my apartment is stronger than the desire to own. So have a Merry Un-Birthday!!

  2. SJ Rozan says:

    Well, I posted early; my birthday’s not until Friday. So it’s still my un-birthday, and thanks! Also, library sales are sales. If library patrons want the book, libraries will order it. So, no apologies, and thanks for ordering!

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