Please excuse a brief promotional announcement.
Until the end of January you can subscribe to the print edition of Hobart and receive a free 2008 Hobart calendar (click on image at left). There are two reasons to do this.
The first, of course, is that Hobart is a great literary magazine. I'm not saying this because I'm a member of the extended Hobart family with blogging privileges, but because it's true that Aaron's sharp eye make every issue of Hobart a pleasure. The current American/Canadian issue is no exception.
But the calendar. The calendar is hilarious, easily the most fun calendar I've owned in a long time.
True, the calendar is "inside baseball," and will only resonate in the niche market of people who know who Sam Lipsyte is. But because you are reading this blog, you are one of these people.
The calendar is great because the photos are so amusing. Davy Rothbart waves away paparazzi on a dock in Italy, Sam Lipsyte reads the paper in his Queens apartment (you can only see the small tuft of hair on top of his head), and Aimee Bender rides a portable bicycle under her laundry line. Fun.
So, get the calendar. There's something subtly hilarious about it. I can't quite put my finger on why, but you'll laugh every time you see it. Maybe the fact that you can't quite put your finger on why it's so amusing is the best thing about it.
Also, it will add interest to your life. People will see it and, for example, ask in slight confusion if Stephany Aulenback, whose picture graces the month of February, is your sister or something.
"Yes," you'll say, confusing this person even more. "Yes, she is."
-- Sean Carman