September 18, 2002
Post #1540 – 20020918
I just wanted to tell you how much I love your books. I love the collections of essays, & “The Afterlife Diet”, as well as your wonderful children’s books. I believe, however, that of all your work, my favorites have to be “Fat Camp Commandos” & “Fat Camp Commandos Go West.” I am one of Hank Wann’s Gabcafe Fatsos, & I love all the quirky, interesting, 3-dimensional, & positive fat characters you create. I think that Ralph, Sylvia, & Mavis are the best of the bunch. They are fun, funny, delightfully subversive, & educational as hell! I congratulate you on being able to entertain while raising consciousness & promoting fat acceptance. Thank you for books that make me feel good from beginning to end, & for writing which does not follow the old “& they lost weight, & became thin & beautiful & lived happily ever after” formula. I may have just turned 53 years old (“Fat Camp Commandos Go West” was my own birthday present to myself), but I am definitely one of your kids! I hope that Ralph, Sylvia, & Mavis will have many more adventures.
Nope. Sylvia, Ralph and Mavis are all done. There was supposed to be another, THE SEARCH FOR MAVIS, editorial department was happy, but the accountant/boss/pocket calculator-types vetoed--saying I was being paid too much money. They can get authors for less, and they are not programmed to recognize any criteria other than money.