The proof arrived…

It looks pretty good, no real errors but my own. I’ll decide tonight whether to go back and fix a few minor things, or not, tonight. The cover design which is based on a Medieval woodcut came out excellent with its full impact intact, and the text itself looks pretty good, pretty much as expected. The book itself is a little heavy physically, but I consider it something related to crime reference books. There are some similarities to Jay Robert Nash, more in some of the presentation, some of the approach, and because of the array of primary materials. But I also think it has some relation to that type of writing because I leave plenty of signposts for others to continue on from, if they so wish to.

A few copies will be going out to media and a few watchdogs, a few others, for now. There will be no signed copies unless someone can give me a good reason to. I’ve been getting the request from a few people. A little hint: shipping costs money and the book itself weighs-in on the hefty end of the scale, so do the math, it’s not economical, or logical. I kind of get why people would want this, however, a piece of history, but it’s not flattering when you barely know them and there’s a weird expectation that I need to bend over backwards, I will not. All that aside, I’m indifferent about it.

For example, I kept the layout standard, roughly 8″ X 11″ in order to preserve the original layouts of the original, excerpted (and in-full) documents, sometimes emails, as much as possible. There were still times that I had to reformat, where I was left with no other choice, more often in the email correspondence, sometimes from official documents. None of their content has been altered. Imagine how long it would be at 6″ X 9″–close to one thousand pages. There were a number of logical and practical reasons to go with the dimensions and formatting that I did.

I should have a tentative release date in a few days. God bless us–everyone–and happy holidays, even to the assholes out there.

Finally, I noticed in the DCist today that Montgomery Blair Sibley (former DC Madam counsel) is still doing filings contesting the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate. There are better ways now, especially after the GOP got trounced so badly in the national elections, to find another drum to beat. There are plenty of social causes that need attention now. Why not go out and learn a little about OWS?