In his autobiography, The Last Laugh, S. J. Perelman recalls that his first book included the following blurb from Groucho Marx:
“From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.”
Perelman doesn’t say how he felt about it, but given his admiration of the Marx Brothers, he was surely delighted.
I feel the same way about Rex Hammock’s blog post last week declaring my book, the New-Media Survival Guide, to be “awesome and a must read.” Does it worry me that his praise was preceded by the cheerful admission that, other than the two pages about him, he hadn’t read any of it?
UPDATE: Thanks to Bill Hudgins for suggesting the photo.