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A Modest Proposal

By posted at 10:05 am on March 5, 2008 4

coverIt’s come to our attention that one of this season’s ballyhooed debut novelists goes by the handle Andrew Foster Altschul. Now there are a number of reasons for using the middle name – maybe he’s into trochaic hexameter; maybe he’s from a Spanish-speaking country; maybe he wants to avoid being confused with that other Andrew Altschul (we can sympathize). But it also occurred to us that, given the cover design for Mr. Altschul’s 600-page debut, Lady Lazarus, customers who forgot to bring their glasses to the bookstore may mistake the novel for some new release by David Foster Wallace. Which, marketing-wise, could turn out to be a happy accident. If all goes well, we’d like to see marketing departments rebrand some of their top-selling authors. Coming soon to a book jacket near you:Chuck Kloster Fosterman, Wallace Foster Davidson, Robert Froster, William Faulkster, Jonathan Safran Fo(st)er, E.M. Fo’ster, J.K.F. Rowling, Kaye Foster Gibbons (author of Ellen Gibbons Foster), Alfred, Lord Fostrington, The Marquis de Fosterford, Foster Coraghessan Boyle, Foster Madox Foster, Haldor Foster Laxness, and Fabriel Fostria Farquez?

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4 Responses to “A Modest Proposal”

  1. Max
    at 11:56 am on March 5, 2008

    How about Foster Wallace Stegner?

    And I think I'm going to start going by C.D.F.W. Max Magee

  2. Colin Matthew
    at 4:49 pm on March 6, 2008

    Sure can't wait for the new novel by Don Brown.

  3. Anonymous
    at 7:23 pm on April 1, 2008

    But… it's his name. Why would he not publish under his own name?

  4. Anonymous
    at 10:42 pm on May 1, 2008

    Just read it and it's a really good book.

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