Talk to DP Forum

Garry Stoner

Praise for books from an old geezer

February 21, 2018

DM,

I’m a 63 year old retired asylum escapee, and I find great solace in reading your books. Thanks so much for keeping me and my cat-whiskered kitten from falling into sanity.  She reads faster than I, and often turns the pages on the Kindle before I’m ready – but I always turn them back.  Just wanted you to know that “Young Adult” is too narrow, you have a message that everyone needs.

Garry

Daniel replies:

The term "Young Adult" has never meant anything to me. Categorization is the hobgoblin of small minds. Youngsters of your age are welcome to read my books.

Joe

Sequel to LIZARD MUSIC?

February 18, 2018

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

Firstly, thank you for sharing your sense of humor with the world. I’ve been enjoying your work since the late 1970s (I hope that doesn’t make you feel as old as it does me).

Anyway… I recall reading somewhere at some time that you were writing a sequel to LIZARD MUSIC (a novel which happens to be one of my all-time favorites). Did anything ever come of that? I recently read the book to my son and he immediately wanted to know what happened next. Until he’d asked, I’d never even considered the thought.

Thanks again and I hope all is well in your part of the Universe.

Best,

– Joe

Daniel replies:

BUSHMAN LIVES! that is a sort of sequel, also a sequel to THE NEDDIAD, THE YGGYSSEY, and ADVENTURES OF A CAT-WHISKERED GIRL. Also, I may someday write THE SKOLNIK ISLAND BEACH CLUB, which would be a sequel to BUSHMAN LIVES! These books are all a bit older than LIZARD MUSIC, but then, so am I.

Glenn

Why not Unbound?

February 10, 2018

Have you ever considered “self-publishing” through a vehicle such as Unbound? You strike me as the perfect candidate for these as your devoted fanbase would surely support the effort to publish your material that your publishers to date have declined — I’m talking Escape to Dwerg Mountain, etc.

Daniel replies:

Actually, no, I have never considered self-publishing. I understand that this is the way to go now, and if I were starting out I would certainly choose that route, (especially since most of the publishing houses that once existed have consolidated into, I don't know..five?) There are still a few old-fashioned publishers around, and for a variety of reasons I'd prefer to deal with them...for now. But one never knows. I'd need someone to take me by the hand and lead me through the process.

Lee Sutter

An old new fan

January 31, 2018

Hello Daniel and Jill.  I’m a 75-year-old female who just heard of you when reading Mondo Canine (wonderful). Then I I ordered a couple of your books of essays, which I totally enjoyed; then checked out a few of your  books from library (one of the librarians a longtime fan). I’m also a major fan of Car Talk, so I must have heard you on that show but the name didn’t stick. I’ve since ordered the two-disc CD of  you on that show, but hasn’t arrived yet).  I just finished Th Magic Pretzel, and cracked me up. Love your play on words, especially characters’ names. I have no grandkids,  just a 50-year-old daughter,  but have a grandniece and grandnephew who love to read, so I’m making a list of your books to  send some books to them in Hawaii. I decided, after reading the Magic Pretzel that reading your books is getting in touch with my inner child, the Tom Boy I was as a  kid; and in many ways, still am, altho I’m “straight.”I also pretended to be a dog when I was age 3 or 4, burrowing and barking in the dirty clothes as my mom did the laundry.  I’m also delighted with Jill’s art, and it’s so obvious she’s not only very talented, but takes such pleasure in drawing. Even the vertical lines in Lucy Fang’s coveralls delight me. I was really upset when you described your early artwork and the b**ch wife of your uncle who accused you of lying about being the artist, and how that discouraged you for so many years. But so glad you eventually pursued art and ended up illustrating some of your early books. You are both amazing people, and I’m so glad you found each other. My best to you both.

Daniel replies:

I guess it's ok if a 75-year-old reads my stuff...I mean, it's more than ok, it's fine...but it has to be understood that I have a younger, or possibly just more immature, reader in mind when I'm writing. I'm not sure what Mondo Canine is. Is it some kind of anthology or collection of pieces about dogs, in other words a book? Anyway, thanks for the kind words, and welcome to being a reader of mine. I am 76 myself.

Nathan Myers

Post #4513 – 20180112

January 12, 2018

Dear Mr Pinkwater,

I bought hardback copies of Neddiad, Yggysey, and Cat-whiskered Girl as they came out, and enjoyed them, and reading them to my kids, immensely.

I wondered about the third one. As I read it, it felt like it really wanted to be titled “The Vreemdelingenlied” (by analogy with the Nibelungenlied). Was your publisher beating you up over funny names, and that would have been too much of a good thing? Is it too late to adopt as its subtitle?

I confess that I added “(sometimes called The Vreemdelingenlied)” to its listing in Wikipedia, years back, which lasted a few months before being pruned.

Daniel replies:

The only way that publisher beat me up was by not selling many copies, and also saying things like, ""I wish you'd let me help you--I just want to make it into a good book.""  You can write a song cycle and call it Vreemdelingenlieder if you want.

Pat Starzyk

Post #4514 – 20180112

January 12, 2018

I love your books, especially if there’s a chicken in them (which covers a lot of territory). But I’m curious about Tesev Noskecnil Park. Is that really a thing? I keep trying to make it into somebody’s name spelled backwards, but that doesn’t work either. Obviously, I’ve never been to Hoboken.

Daniel replies:

Once I write a thing I start right in to forget it. I've always found authors who can quote their own work sort of embarrassing.  So, in answer to you question, it might be a thing.  Tesev, seems to be Steve obviously.  Noskecnil has me stumped for the moment.  Maybe some other visitor to the website knows.

Vince Delap

Post #4507 – 20180112

January 12, 2018

To Lord Pinkwater… This may seem bizarre, but not more than some of your Pinkwaterinalia (sp?). I am trying to get in touch with your friend (I believe?) Bailey White. As some folks find musical art in Pinkwater prose… I have for some time wanted to create a theatre piece AND an opera of her amazing “Mama Makes Up Her Mind.” I hope you can/will help me contact her. As a GM for Borders for years, I sold her books by the box-fulls at times, and “Mama” is still my family’s favorite humor book! I admire her (and to be sure you!) greatly. Thank you for your time…as well as the cut of your jib…and pastrami! Thanks! Vince

Daniel replies:

In fact, I seem to have lost touch with Bailey, dear friend that she has always been.  Just don't know where she is these days.  An opera sounds like a wonderful idea--why not approach the publisher, who must know where they send her checks?

Cate McConnell

Post #4512 – 20180107

January 7, 2018

Hello Daniel, so I read “The Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl” and loved it. I was actually searching for a book by Daniel Pink, who is an entirely different person as it turns out, and not you. But I got the ebook anyway and found the wacky, wonderful, sweet world of DP.

I’m sure books are like children and it’s hard to pick your favorite, but would you recommend the next few DP books to read? And, is there a sequel to the Cat Whiskered Girl? She is a delightful person who should have more adventures.

Daniel replies:

I don't have favorites exactly. It's more about which books contain the fewest failures.  There are a couple sort-of prequels to Cat-Whiskered, THE NEDDIAD, and THE YGGYSSEY, and a sort-of sequel, BUSHMAN LIVES! but they can be read in any order, or alone.  I am honored you're interested.

patrick burke

Post #4505 – 20171221

December 21, 2017

Mr. Pinkwater,

I’m reminded of a question this time every year (and one I’m sure you’ve answered many times) but were you not the Narrator voice on “A Christmas Story”. I don’t see your name on the credits. It appears it is credited to one of the writers Jean Shepherd. Am I mistaken (in this context I mean.)

thank you

Patrick

Daniel replies:

Jean Shepherd was a great monologist, and one of the few radio geniuses ever to exist.  I suppose I sound a little like him...similar regional accent and quality of voice...so the idea got around that it was me doing the narration for the movie.  It was not me.  It was Shep.  He was not ""one of the writers.""  The movie is based entirely on stories he improvised for his late night New York City radio program that went on for years.  It was carried by one of those old AM stations with a powerful signal that went everywhere, especially at night, and especially in summer--thus Shepherd was the only source of hipness reaching into the vast dark interior during a distinctly un-hip period.  I remember picking up the program in Maine, and in North Carolina.  If you search around the internet you can find transcriptions of some of his shows.

Ana

Post #4502 – 20171220

December 20, 2017

Do you write poems?

Daniel replies:

Yes and no
Yes, when a poem is needed
in a novel I am writing,
then yes
No, when I am just sitting around
not writing a novel,
then no.

Andrew Smith

Post #4498 – 20171201

December 1, 2017

Mr. Pinkwater,
In the 6th grade, I was reading The Divine Comedy and other very high level books, and my science teacher decided he did not like this. He took away my volume containing the works of H.G. Wells, and handed me a children’s book. The book was, “Fat Elliot and the Gorilla”. At first I thought my instructor was nuts, and then I started reading. The book has saved me from myself many times, and while in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt earlier this year, I looked back on the lessons this book taught. Time and time again, I’ve referenced the book to aid people with their own problems. Unfortunately, I can’t find a copy in decent condition anywhere! The book is over twice as old as I, but it’s lessons are still of value every day. Is there any hope for a reprint? Or any extra copies lying around? Please help! I’d like to red the story to my little nieces and let them grow up with the lessons I wish I’d learned sooner!
Best,
AMS

Daniel replies:

You know, I've written so many books, and so many of them came out in small editions for a short time, that some of them have almost disappeared.  (In some cases, this may be a good thing.)   I'm not sure I have a copy of Fat Elliot and the Gorilla, (which I remember for a cool drawing of the ape), and if I have one, I need to keep it for my records, so I will not offer it to you.  But I will tell you something which my be useful: It's not the book....it's you!  You may feel there are lessons the book taught, but really it is what you supplied from within yourself.  When you finally come across a copy of the book, don't be surprised if you think, ""Wait a minute!  Where is all the wisdom I remember from when I read this in 6th grade?""  It's where you found it then--in your head.

Aline Sluis

Post #4496 – 20171121

November 21, 2017

Hello and Happy Birthday! To celebrate, I’m re-reading Lizard Music. I haven’t read it since before grade school – currently I’m a sophomore in college. But Lizard Music has stuck with me for all these years and I’m so excited to read it again.

Daniel replies:

Thank you.  If you have time as a busy college sophomore, maybe you'd like to read Bushman Lives! as a sort of quasi-sequel to Lizard Music.  If you do, let me know what you think.

Teddy Brewer

Post #4490 – 20171121

November 21, 2017

I have read and loved many of your books. I am curious though. What is the recipie for roast duck with all the trimmings you would use or thought of in Mush a dog from space. I guess I’ll just end saying I love many of your books and have been growing up reading them.

Daniel replies:

I'm no chef, just an appreciator, but I'd say what you need is 1.) roast duck and 2.) trimmings.  Enjoy!

Ellie (more or less)

Post #4495 – 20171121

November 21, 2017

It started with the baconburg horror. But, quickly devolved into more indulgence on your novels. Yes, this story is hardly unique. I wouldn%u2019t bother mention it, except I felt like doing so, and I was deeply enjoying the outcome of my descision to listen to your voice, narrating an audiobook of %u201CAdventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl%u201D. Now, I do not know for certain if it was in fact you reading it, even if it was stated in big red letters %u201CNarrated by Daniel Pinkwater%u201D, for I have never met you. But I do not regret listening, and I would not think twice about trying another Pinkwater novel, if I knew it would be read in that same voice, which I am lead to believe, is yours. There%u2019s something deeply reassuring about so many strange new ideas and people and words, all delivered in that soothing, relaxed voice. It%u2019s rather nice to know that if all these strange new things can be received without alarm, that perhaps it is not such a drawback after all to be uncertain of my species, gender, and ability to survive amongst a society that does not trust children with plastic knives. In fact, it%u2019s quite enlightening.

Daniel replies:

If it's printed in big red letters on the packaging that it is me doing the reading, then it is almost certainly me...I cannot imagine they found anyone who would do it cheaper.  The flat and unemotional reading you seem to like, or anyway respond to, is because I don't have the talent or training to do it like an actor would do.  And, obviously, an actor would have charged the publisher more, and rightly so.

Dan

Post #4489 – 20171121

November 21, 2017

I was reading something I wrote a few decades ago and came across a reference to you in something (Maybe a TV show?) with the initials YIJ.

Do you have any idea what I was talking about?

Daniel replies:

I don't even have any idea what I am talking about.

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