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An Overall Feeling of Doom that One Cannot Ever Escape No Matter What One Does [29 Mar 2010|11:54pm]

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One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
~Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril

Life is a turbulent journey, fraught with confusion, heartbreak, and inconvenience. This Facebook group will not help. But for those who wonder about an overall feeling of doom that one cannot ever escape no matter what one does, as well as miscellaneous things I've neglected to mention in specific: An Overall Feeling of Doom One Cannot Ever Escape No Matter What One Does.
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A message from Lemony Snicket [24 Feb 2009|12:27pm]

February 2009

Dear Reader,

Are you interested in being one of the first people to get a glimpse of the alarming events in Lemony Snicket’s new book The Composer Is Dead, which won’t arrive in bookstores until March? Because if you aren’t, you certainly should not immediately Browse Inside.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket
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[09 Nov 2008|11:29pm]

[ mood | content ]

My mom left work early on Friday to see Lemony Snicket (or at least his *ahem* representative, Daniel Handler) at Books & Co. I was off work by the time the actual signing part started, and she called me while she was waiting in line, and then I hear her saying "Hi, my daughter is too embarrassed to come get this signed. Could you say hello to her on the phone?"

We then had a conversation to the following effect:

"Hi. I'm not actually embarrassed; I just couldn't leave work."
"Do you believe everything else you've heard about how horrible these stories are?"
"Of course. Completely."
"Then I have something very important to tell you. Never, under any circumstances-"

For a second I thought it was a dramatic pause. Then I realized he'd hung up, looked at the cell phone and saw that yes, it was showing the call as ended, and laughed my head off.

Meanwhile, my mother was watching him pretend that there was something wrong with the phone. Then they had this conversation:

"How old is your daughter?"
"Cute age."


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address? [28 May 2008|06:11pm]

basically I want to write Daniel Handler a letter--I mean, I already wrote it, but I want to send it--but I've never written to an author before and I don't know how. Someone assist me? It's important.
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LS books on sale [24 Mar 2008|04:49pm]

In case you haven't read these yet bought a copy of these yet:

  • Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid is available for $5.49

  • The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story is available for $5.97 (and is part of the 4-for-3 promotion, whereby you buy four qualifying books for the price of three).

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13: The End is bargain priced for $5.49 for the hardcover edition.

    All three are hardcover editions. Free shipping on orders of $25 and all that jazz.

    Mods: If inappropriate, please delete.
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    Signed adverbs [20 Aug 2007|01:40pm]

    I've been meaning to post this for a long time....I have two copies of Adverbs, hardcover, signed by Daniel Handler, in brand new shape, that I would be more than glad to sell. I bought them really cheap, so you can get them really cheap too!! You'd have to pay shipping - not sure how much that costs - but you can definitely get the book for under ten dollars I think from me. Yep. :)
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    Daniel Handler and Colin Meloy Talk Books and Music [15 Aug 2007|11:26pm]


    A few months ago I saw Daniel Handler and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy give a book talk about Adverbs at Powell's in Portland. Photos and audio of the entire event is on my blog Not on the Guest List here:


    Just finished Adverbs this past week. I so cannot wait for the movie! Every 3-5 minutes I was having to close the book and let what I had just read resonate.
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    Twenty-one Questions for Mr Snicket and Mr Handler [22 Jun 2007|01:37pm]

    An email I recieved this morning. Be advised that its contents may cause you to squeal madly and run around the room, either in fright or glee.

    Dear Unfortunate Fan,

    You are invited to the innest party in town!

    667 Dark Avenue invites you to participate in the greatest online Lemony Snicket event in Unfortunate history. It begins… right now.

    In honor of 667 Dark Avenue’s Fifth Anniversary (June 22), the forum has been granted a rare opportunity to communicate with Lemony Snicket himself. Mr. Snicket and his legal representative, Daniel Handler, have agreed to answer twenty-one questions posted by the members of 667. In order to create the most clever and compelling questionnaire possible, we hope the entire online community of Unfortunate Events fans will contribute by submitting their best question at Dark Avenue.

    Each registered user of 667 Dark Avenue is entitled to submit one question. Twenty winning questions will be referred to Daniel Handler, and the best question of all will make its way to Lemony Snicket. We will be considering questions from now through Monday, June 25. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Handler and Mr. Snicket’s answers will be posted on 667 Dark Avenue, and the one lucky winner will receive a hand-written reply to his or her question by Mr. Snicket himself. Consolation prizes will be sent to the writers of the other winning questions.

    Post your question at this location: http://www.asoue.proboards7.com/index.cgi?board=fifth&action=display&thread=1182483750

    In addition, we have set up many challenges and festivities in honor of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Fabulous prizes will be given to contest winners, including a first edition copy of The Bad Beginning, signed copies of The Grim Grotto, bookplates stamped and dated by Lemony Snicket, and much more. Our contests are designed to reward the most talented and devoted fans. Submissions will be accepted through the weekend.

    Here is an outline of our events:

    Day 1: Wednesday, June 20
    Theme: Punctilio Day (Stretch the truth... Or throw it out completely!)
    Contest: Snicket Writing Competition (submit your Snicket songs, stories, letters, articles, etc.)
    Grand Prize: The Grim Grotto signed by Lemony Snicket
    Runner-up: 1,000 Posts

    Day 2: Thursday, June 21
    Theme: Carnival (667 is a freakshow!)
    Contest: Snicket Visuals Competition (submit your Unfortunate videos, photos, drawings, graphics, collages, etc.)
    Grand Prize: The Grim Grotto signed by Lemony Snicket
    Runner-up: Custom Title

    Day 3: Friday, June 22
    Theme: 667 Dark Avenue (Are you in or out?)
    Contest: The In Auction (Can you beat the odds and win the right lot?)
    Grand Prize: The Grim Grotto signed by Lemony Snicket

    Day 4: Saturday, June 23
    Theme: Pessimism (This theme day won't even be worth attending…)
    Contest: Trivia (Put your Snicket knowledge to the ultimate test. Quiz compiled by Gigi).
    Grand Prize: First edition copy of The Bad Beginning,
    Runner-up: The Grim Grotto signed by Lemony Snicket

    Day 5: Sunday, June 24
    Theme: V.F.D. (Volunteer, Villain, Volatile. Fires, Fortunes, Frustration. Disguises, Discretion, Disaster!)
    Contest: Masquerade (There is a mystery to be solve at Dark Avenue…)
    Grand Prize: The Grim Grotto signed by Lemony Snicket
    Runner-up: Administrator-for-a-day

    The contests and the 21 Questions thread can be found here: http://www.asoue.proboards7.com/index.cgi?board=fifth

    The contests open on the listed date; they will close on Sunday evening, June 24. Please submit your entries before that date.

    As fans, we are bound together in our love for Lemony Snicket's deliciously dark tales and our despair in the unfortunate events surrounding the tragic lives of the Baudelaire orphans. We are all volunteers in an increasingly volatile world. Even if you are not enticed by celebration and prize-winning of any form, this will be a good opportunity to meet more fans like you and discuss the Series.

    We hope to see you there. Kindly forward this information to any other Snicket resources you are aware of - websites, forums and blogs, both big and small. It is our duty to spread the word, because this will truly be an epic, once-in-a-lifetime fan event. No one should miss this opportunity to have your burning question answered by “the man behind the story behind the orphans.”

    For further information, please visit www.baudelairemansion.com.

    Don't forget to bring your valuables,


    P.S. The doorman tells me that the elevator is out. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
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    book signing? [12 May 2007|09:17am]

    Okay, so. Is anyone planning on attending Daniel Handler's discussion/signing at Barnes and Noble in Chelsea (NYC) on Monday night? I typically work nights, in Pennsylvania, but it just so happens that I already took the day off for something else and will be passing through Manhattan that night, so I'll be able to go!

    If you hadn't heard about it already, it's at the Barnes and Noble in Chelsea (6th Ave. at 21st/22nd, I believe). It's at 7 PM, and he'll be signing copies of his books and reading and/or speaking. Check out bn.com for more info. :)
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    [24 Apr 2007|12:41pm]

    Remember, not only is Horseradish out today, but Adverbs is out in paperback. I was vaguely amused to be in B&N this morning picking up two new releases from the same author, written under different names.
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    [28 Feb 2007|04:22am]

    Mods, feel free to delete this if it isn't allowed.

    *Larger picture*

    I'm selling my entire collection for $25 + S&H over at eBay.
    Every book is in very good condition with only three exceptions;
    The 3rd book has a little fading on the spine (pictured here), the 8th has a sticker from the store it was bought from and the 11th has my name written in the 'Ex Libris' part.
    If you are interested in buying any of the books separately please contact me either through LJ or my email: RebeccaMarie87@yahoo.com

    Thank you for looking!

    x-posted to: many places
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    DH in the NY Times Book Review [13 Jan 2007|01:34am]

    This week's Book Review contains a review by DH of several children's etiquette books. A very funny review. (Also funny, but unrelated: William T. Vollmann's ruthless shredding of Anthony Swofford's novel Exit A.)
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    [18 Nov 2006|02:44am]

    Yesterday I went to up Cleveland from Columbus (nearly 3 hours) for the book signing up there and it was completely worth the trip! The performance of the Gothic Archives was $1 but they were sold out of book signing tickets, which I didn't know we needed until we got there. But a kind soul had an extra one (I guess one of his kids didn't want to go) so he gave it to me.

    some picsCollapse )

    He seemed kind of surprised when he saw that the book I had him sign wasn't a Lemony Snicket book. "Wow, you have a book I actually wrote! How did you know I would be here?"
    It was fantastic. :)

    Those are my favorite pics but all of them are up at my page here: http://www.heroine-dreams.com/gallery/GothicArchives11.16.06/2.html

    sorry... there are about a million of them... I'm used to taking pictures at rock shows where I'll shoot like 500 a night... oops.

    (note: I'm 23. Though I think there were a few other fans (who weren't parents) who were my age or older... but not too many)
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    Wow [17 Nov 2006|07:39pm]

    Has anybody else seen this?  It's Daniel Handler's high school graduation valedictorian speech from 1988.  This is best thing I've seen in a while.

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    Adverbs is coming to the big screen. [08 Nov 2006|10:44am]

    Novelist brings "Adverbs" to big screen

    By Gregg Goldstein Tue Nov 7, 6:48 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Daniel Handler's romantic novel "Adverbs," which chronicles a daisy chain of gay and straight relationships, is being turned into a feature.

    Handler ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events") will adapt the book for indie firm GreeneStreet Films and "Marie Antoinette" producer Ross Katz.

    In the summary, Handler calls it "a novel about love -- a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love."

    "It's a wonderful novel with interesting characters and interwoven story lines, which I found impossible to put down," GreeneStreet partner and president John Penotti said.

    GreeneStreet and Katz previously collaborated on the Oscar-nominated drama "In the Bedroom."

    Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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    If I may do so [04 Nov 2006|07:40pm]

    here is my experience, experienced...er...today, of For Crying Out Loud, if, for some reason, you are curious. Sorry if this isn't cool to post or anything.
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    Why? [25 Oct 2006|03:29pm]

    Slowly progressing to the end of the end of my rope I still do have one question in mind: “Do children really deserve to suffer?”

    I was born in Russia and in Russia we say that young children are like angels, since, being young, they haven’t yet got a chance to sin in this world, and so are loved by God as most pure of men.

    Now I’m living in Japan for a really long time, and it is now not the first time that I notice: Japanese culture does have references to unfortunate events. And you know what? In Japan people do believe that babies who die unborn or very young go to hell for endless suffering. Why is that? Because those children sinned in causing great pain to their unfortunate parents by dying before their duties to their parents are done. How this applies to aborted babies I don’t really know, but aborted babies do go to hell in Japan too. There they are made to suffer endlessly by trying to build piles of heavy rocks (home?), and their piles do constantly get hampered by an evil demon.

    Could that be that, in truth, the trio actually died with their parents in a terrible fire, got to hell for this sin, and now have to suffer forever from a terrible demon of Count Olaf?

    No, it could not be so, but the analogy seems interesting for investigation.
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    "Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid" [24 Oct 2006|07:33pm]

    I just stumbled across this today. Another Snicket book to look forward to!

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    Jeopardy! [24 Oct 2006|08:17pm]

    [ mood | amused ]

    Did anybody catch Jeopardy yesterday?

    There was a category called "BOOK 'EM DAN-O" and all of the clues were about authors named Dan or Daniel.

    This is as best as I can remember it.

    For $2000:

    Lemony Snicket should know this author of "Adverbs" and "Watch Your Mouth"

    I yelled, "Who is Daniel Handler!" But none of the contestants heard me, and none of them even rang in.

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    Shut Your Mouth [22 Oct 2006|04:31pm]

    [ mood | weird ]

    I finally finished reading Watch Your Mouth. I'm not even really sure what to say about it in a community of people who have probably all read it before me. I thought the consistency of the operatic metaphor throughout was excellent. Definitely a well-written book with its own distinctive style. And the death in the graveyard? Probably one of the most immediate and graphic I have ever read. Horrible. I liked how all the doubt played out in the second half. I was doubting what had happened right along with Joseph, and was not sure how it was going to end. It was actually quite draining.

    As to the golem, it was interesting to read yet another book portraying one. A golem appeared in my favourite novel, Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco, and like Handler's golem, it was shrouded in mystery and uneasiness. When I was in Prague last year, as a souvenier of the city, I bought a children's pop-up book about the golem, and considered buying a necklace with a little, silver golem pendant. I'm kind of glad I didn't, because I'm not sure I could ever wear it again after reading this book. *shudders*

    Very much looking forward to reading The Basic Eight when I get my hands on a copy.

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