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"Michael,” writes a friend in the course of offering me a m0rtgag3 with an incredible low, low rate, “your new book has been out for less than a week, and it’s like you’ve already converted your blog into a full-time book-flogging enterprise.  At this rate, you’re going to be beyond insufferable when your next book comes out in a month or so.  Can’t you give it a rest already?”

Well, that was cheeky!  Clearly this “friend” doesn’t realize that you can’t spell “book flogging” without b-l-o-g.  But I suppose he has a point about turning this blog into book book book book book book book book book book, book book, book book book book.  And so, to appease him (and everyone like him), I have launched a bold new venture completely unrelated to the book other thing, this fine line of fashionable womenswear and accessories.  Stop by today and tell ‘em “M” sent you!

Posted by on 08/30 at 10:45 AM
  1. Ah, but if there were a unionized, non-sweatshop equivalent of Cafepress, you could slap a “Dangerous Professors” t-shirt online and make a bundle for whatever good cause you wish (AAUP, graduate students, Jamie’s next ice-cream run, ...)

    Incidentally, or probably not incidentally, your captha has a literary turn. I have “story” below as my word.

    Posted by Sherman Dorn  on  08/30  at  12:29 PM
  2. Sassy!

    Although the theme of your collection, “A day of luxury at a 1920s English country house,” initially seems a little out of keeping with your leftypinkocommie sensibilities, a scroll through the catalogue suggests the inhabitants of that house wear only brocade shorts and drawstring bags, indicating either true decadence or an extreme of genteel poverty un-hinted-at by Merchant Ivory. Either way, go you!
    captcha word: twenty, as in the decade, evidently.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  12:44 PM
  3. Sherman, Sarah, I’d recommend John Protevi’s comment # 33 from the previous thread.  We leftists believe everyone should live like this!

    Posted by Michael  on  08/30  at  12:54 PM
  4. Why did they turn the accents into umlauts?  How the hell do you say it?

    Posted by Pinko Punko  on  08/30  at  01:43 PM
  5. Combining John Protevi’s comment at 33 in the previous thread with Michael’s fine line of women’s wear summons up a picture of Rush in a tasteful, pastel skirt.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  02:09 PM
  6. The next book has your picture on the cover? What’s next? Berube on Berube?

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  02:15 PM
  7. I used to be built like that skinny slinky model. That old devil time has had his way with me!

    Posted by Hattie  on  08/30  at  03:09 PM
  8. Despite the shameless plugs tasteful, unobtrusive mentions of your book(s) on this blog, I see a marketing gap.

    Where in one case we have:

    … a classic Italian palette is blended with masculine tailoring and a 1970s edge. Taking Diane Keatons[sic] Oscar winning role and a dash of Liza Minelli in Cabaret for their muses…

    On the other (from the publisher):

    What’s Liberal about the Liberal Arts? offers a definitive rebuttal to conservative activists’ most incendiary claims about American universities.

    I mean who are your movie character muses? What decade are you evoking? All these Theory Fridays, Semiotics lectures, and other gobbledygook - and yet you appear to be getting pwned on second-level signification by fashion designers? Not that I have any constructive suggestions...perhaps others here can help.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  03:27 PM
  9. "I’d recommend John Protevi’s comment # 33 from the previous thread.  We leftists believe everyone should live like this!”

    Can’t I at least get credit for introducing the sentiment? I want props!

    Posted by Central Content Publisher  on  08/30  at  04:06 PM
  10. ... a classic Progressive palette is blended with Oxonian tradition and a 1960s edge. Taking John Houseman’s Oscar®-winning role and a dash of Fred MacMurray in The Absent-Minded Professor for his muses, Bérubé offers a definitive rebuttal to conservative activists’ most incendiary claims about American universities.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  04:13 PM
  11. What’s next? Berube on Berube?

    Dirty!

    Can’t I at least get credit for introducing the sentiment? I want props!

    Props to you, Mr. Publisher.  Kudos, even.  And I’m not just saying that because my grandfather was named Central.

    Clearly this “friend” doesn’t realize that you can’t spell “book flogging” without b-l-o-g.

    Or without f-i-n-k.  Or n-o-o-b.  Or b-l-i-n-g.  And I don’t think any of that is coincidental, you haberdasherer, you.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  04:53 PM
  12. Michael, this is too much-- another book in a few short weeks?  Time for that colonoscopy; perhaps the sedatives will slow you down.  I’ll never catch up, but might temporarily close the gap.

    Also, thumbs up for the umlauts on the couture site.  Those I can do, and with no worries about inaptly reversing the angle.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  04:58 PM
  13. Can’t I at least get credit for introducing the sentiment? I want props!

    And props you shall have, CCP!  Following your comment # 34 on the previous thread, I should toss in the old lefty joke about the grandfather who was watching the Russian Revolution unfold in ‘17 and asked his kids what all the fuss was about.  When he was told that the worker’s paradise was being born, in which there would be no more rich people, he snorted and replied, “we had a revolution back in ‘05, you may know.  Only then, we wanted there to be no more poor people.”

    Michael, this is too much-- another book in a few short weeks?

    And just wait for the third book this December, Romy!

    Only kidding.  Rhetorical Occasions is a book of essays (and blog posts), written from 1997 to the present (and worked on like mad in 2005).  A must-have for any library, though.

    Posted by Michael  on  08/30  at  06:19 PM
  14. The UK site didn’t like my version of Flash. I guess I’ll have to make do with http://www.berubes.com truck accessories. Of course, if your “accessories” means lingerie I’ll have to upgrade.

    Posted by  on  08/30  at  07:30 PM
  15. Wow, lagaria, that place rocks.  I gotta get me one of them, too—then I’ll have pretty much cornered the accessories market!

    Posted by Michael  on  08/30  at  08:33 PM
  16. Hi, Doctor. I saw the review of your book by tristero at Hullabaloo (digby’s digs) and I decided to link to it at my place in my weekly blogwhoring post. I’d like to see this book generate more sales and, hopefully, the truly big blogs out there will take tristero’s and my cue and start whoring it at their place.

    Good luck and good night.

    Posted by jurassicpork  on  08/30  at  09:36 PM
  17. Damn, guess I’ll be buying both books...But, man, if I was one of your publishers, I’d be calling the other one and saying, “WTF?  How about you and I agree on separating publishing dates by, say, a year?”

    Talk about a marketing faux pas…

    Posted by Mitchell Freedman  on  08/31  at  01:44 AM
  18. Not a faux pas at all, Mitchell!  I suggested that there be a few months between books, but the publishers disagreed.  The real faux pas was my decision to release my spoken-word CD, Bérubé on Bérubé, too late to capitalize on the traditional Halloween shopping season.

    Posted by Michael  on  08/31  at  07:10 AM
  19. The real faux pas was my decision to release my spoken-word CD, Bérubé on Bérubé, too late to capitalize on the traditional Halloween shopping season.

    My son keeps bugging me to buy the Berube action figures as seen on Nickelodeon. Will they be out by Christmas?

    Posted by  on  08/31  at  07:33 AM
  20. But of course!  Glad you asked, Venerable One.  And they do what no other action figures can do:  just give them a little drink, and they dilate!

    Posted by Michael  on  08/31  at  07:46 AM
  21. My wife and daughter love the Berube clothing and accessories, though we’re still trying to figure out dollars to pounds…

    My son asks: “But, Dad, where are the Michael Berube ‘What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts’ t-shirts and lunch boxes?  Our
    ‘Dangerous Professors’ Fan Club has to do fundraising this fall and all the cool kids will want them!”

    Two words--turned magically into one word--of advice to those publishers, who might listen to you for once:

    Tie-ins!

    Posted by Mitchell Freedman  on  08/31  at  10:24 AM
  22. What’s next? Berube on Berube?

    Would that be anything like Max on Max?

    (Captcha: “boys")

    Posted by Dan  on  08/31  at  01:23 PM
  23. Come on, suckers, buy lots of hardcover WLATLI so they’ll issue a paperback and I can eventually buy a second-hand copy from a Manhattan street vendor, which is how I got my last Berube. That way you get annotations, too.

    Posted by Chris B  on  08/31  at  09:08 PM
  24. Wow, I mean, wow.  That is an fantastic acknowledgments page.  Seriously, made my day.  Opened up my copy, started reading it and saw my own name.  Don’t know what I did to warrant that, but whatever it was, if you ever need it done again, all you need to do is ask.

    <i>Captcha: “found,” as in, “I found it and nearly fainted.”

    Posted by Scott Eric Kaufman  on  08/31  at  09:30 PM
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