Bookninja is officially four today. If Ninja Boy has been any template, this means the site should soon start disobeying my every command and treating me with equal parts love and contempt. Actually, it’s kind of been like that all along.
We have some great things coming up in The Magazine, including, today I hope, of a podcast interview with literary/theatre impressario Sean Dixon. I had hoped to have a banner discussion piece on empathy in writing and reading ready for posting today, but to get your appetite whet, I’ll just tell you this, the participants are: Peter Behrens, Catherine Bush, Barbara Gowdy, Sheila Heti, and Lisa Moore. Patience, it’s coming in a few weeks.
And what would a birthday be without a contest? . Based in the west of Ireland and have a laptop? Snap a pic of you surfing on a cliff face. Are you a Manhattanite with a view of the ESB? Hold up a printout of the front page and let us see your smile. Headed to Banff and already have some ninja wear? Climb a mountain and haul out the cell cam. Bill Gates’ secretary and have access to his desk? Send us the pictoral evidence of your snooping crimes (and the password to his bank account). An Aussi planning on wrestling a Great White off the Barrier Reef? Try stuffing a shuriken logo down its throat. The most creative entries win. You don’t need to be a photographer, you just need to get you and the logo and some interesting spot into the shot. Have fun with it! (Please don’t do anything dangerous. I love you, and I’m frightened our stats will sag….)