RARA-AVIS: Re: New Jersey versus the U.K.

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@colba.net)
Date: 05 Apr 2001

>Not that I'm biased myself (I eat Arthur Treacher's Fish N Chips fairly
>often and prefer a British lady's accent for phone sex over all others), but
>popularity being a matter of quantity over quality ...
>UK Population: 59,511,464 (July 2000 est.)
>US Population: 275,562,673 (July 2000 est.)
>... doesn't that stand to reason?

But does New Jersey have 59 million people? That may be the point Lofgren was making. Unless it was a poke at New Jersey. Which, given who Lofgren's current Boss is, might be interesting.

Of course, it ignores the fact that British publishers just generally seem more open to doing American books, than the other way around. Which is a drag. Last time I looked, a lot of British books were only available in the States (and here) as pricey imported trade paperbacks, instead of good ol' cheap American mass market paperbacks
(and even those aren't so cheap anymore).

Mind you, maybe things have changed a bit lately. It's been a few years since I prowled a decent bookstore down in the States. (Mark, make a list, and have it ready for the world tour...)

And who the hell is Arthur Treacher? Is that a fast food chain, or frozen TV dinners or something? It sounds vaguely familiar, but I'm not sure why.

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