Monday, August 26, 2013

"An extra huzzah to Penny Simon for her friendship and expertise at getting me to do things I don't want to do"

This gem of a thank you comes on the sixth page of Erik Larson's Sources and Acknowledgments in Garden of the Wild Beasts which I finally finished this morning.

I don't know about others, but I sure could use someone like Penny to get me to do the things I don't want to do. 

It's a burden people shouldn't have to bear alone.  My wife does this sometimes, but someone other than a spouse, who doesn't have so many other responsibilities, would be helpful. 

May everyone have such a friend.  

(Just out of curiosity, I googled Penny Simon.  She's Larson's publicist at Random House.)


  1. I don't want anyone trying to get me to do the things I don't want to do.

    There's a reason I don't want to do those things.

  2. I understand, but there are things I don't want to do, but I have to do - bills to pay, people I don't like to call, difficult decisions to make, etc. It's in my long term best interest to do them. And it would be nice to have someone who knew how to tactfully get me to do them when I'm in avoidance mode.


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