SR: Walter says Silas Marner is the most boring book in the world. Do you agree?
DP: NOT AT ALL.
SR: Genghis Khan H.S. seems a lot like the one Nifkin attended. Assuming you attended such a school yourself, did you escape like Nifkin or were you stuck?
DP: “THE EDUCATION OF ROBERT NIFKIN” MAY HAVE SOME AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ELEMENTS.
SR: Last year, you teased us with hints about the “lost” Snarkout Boys book: “I Snarked With A Zombie.” How far did you get with that? Just a title? An outline? An old computer file that could suddenly appear on Pinkwater.com?
DP: I WOULD HAVE TO GO OUT TO THE BARN AND CHECK THE TRUNKS FULL OF MSS.
THERE, WHICH I WOULD NOT DO UNTIL WINTER WHEN THE SNAKES ARE ASLEEP.
Pinkwater continues to toy with us over the subject of “I Snarked With a Zombie.” And why shouldn’t he? What’s in it for him?
So, here’s an idea. A web 2.0 idea:
First, recall that last year Pinkwater told us that this Snarkout Boys sequel was never published because the publisher “punked out” or “wimped out” or some such.
But, we, Pinkwaters loyal legions, are neither punks nor wimps. (Actually we are.) But collectively we need be neither.
So here’s our revolution:
We, the readers, acquire and publish the book online. First, we find out how much money Pinkwater would wish for tracking down the MS and finishing it up. Then we raise the dough. First, we each plunk down the amount such a book is worth to us personally. The amount we would pay in a bookstore for it.
Then we hold avocado fritter bake sales to raise the rest.
At this point, I would shout, “Who’s with me?” Except that my blog gets such a low readership that even if all of you shouted, it wouldn’t inspire Pinkwater to start typing. But maybe someone else will take up the cry…