I was flipping around the news channels this morning when I saw a brief book review (basically a thinly veiled advertisement) for a book called Mai romani decit romanii? and it made me smile.
If you speak Romanian, you can read about it here or if English is your preferred language, click here. If you’re observant, you might have noticed I spelled it decit instead of decat (as shown on the cover) because the incompetent idiots at Polirom, the publisher (and one of the biggest publishing houses in Romania) spelled it that way on the official page for the book. #smh
All the orthography issues aside, I’m sure it’s a great book. I’m linking to it as a courtesy and definitely not because I’m featured in the book, even though the title is “More Romanian than Romanians” and my blog has had “I’m More Romanian Than You!” on the sidebar since day freaking one.
Ms. Pralong, to her credit, certainly invited me to be included in the book. She sent me several nice emails and even called me on the telephone to try to convince me to be in the book. But I turned her down every time even though she seemed to be a very nice lady precisely because I abhor the entire concept.
Let me be specific – I asked some very hard questions about the profits from the book and the the long and short of it is that they go first to the publisher (obviously) and then the “coordinator”, which is Ms. Pralong (who is also selling the book online in digital format via other channels), and none go to the people featured in the book (i.e. Raed Arafat, Pamela Ratiu, etc). Which might be fine if these people were interviewed and Ms. Pralong had to put in some work typing them up (or something) but the format that Ms. Pralong chose was that the people featured in the book wrote their own pieces themselves.
So me writing an essay about myself and why I love Romania and making virtually no money is what I already do right here on this here blog LOL. Doing it so that someone else can make a profit just seemed ridiculous, so I declined to participate. No hard feelings though as I’m sure everyone else is enjoying the attention.
Also, of course, as you can see (if you clicked on the links above), the entire book was “moderated” by none other than Alison Click! Mutler.