Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dog’s Life

Dear Millie . . .

“Most of the writers I know work every day, in obscurity and close to poverty, trying to say one thing well and true. Day in, day out, they labor to find their voice, to learn their trade, to understand nuance and pace. And then, facing a sea of rejections, they hear about something like Barbara Bush’s dog getting a book deal.” 

—Timothy Egan, journalist and award-winning writer, 2008

Editorial Comment: Hey, kibbles don’t grow on trees.

See ‘Millie’s Book’ Sends Bushes’ Income Soaring,” LATimes, 1992

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

Fang is not amused

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1 comment:

  1. Guido Stempel: Would you rather have Millie or George write the book?

    Ted Pease: I'd rather have Millie in the Oval Office. For the book, let Dubya do the illustrations—dog feet in the tub.