Literary SchadenfreudeYour shrink might tell you that your enemies will dig their own graves and are best left alone, but poet Clive James knows the sweetest type of literary revenge: seeing your rival's work on a bargain table for $4.99. In fact, he wrote a delightfully bitchy poem about it in his new book:An excerpt, from the NYT Book Review:
The book of my enemy has been remaindered And I am pleased. In vast quantities it has been remaindered. Like a van-load of counterfeit that has been seized And sits in piles in a police warehouse, My enemy’s much-praised effort sits in piles In the kind of bookshop where remaindering occurs...
In other words: $4.99 on the bargain table at St. Mark's Bookstore, sucker! You'll never get an exorbitant advance again! How do you like that, bitch? Yeah! [Photo: elfsternberg's Flickr]