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?
Not at all. It’s classic Rex: funny, generous, and honest. It underscores my reason for featuring him in the book: if you want to understand new media, his blog posts and tweets are required reading.
UPDATE: Thanks to Bill Hudgins for suggesting the photo.