Welcome to the blog, Luis. Thanks for being here.
Always a pleasure, bro.
Why is your hair wet?
I have come straight from swimming a thousand laps at the YMCA pool. Poseidon himself would be envious of my aquatic prowess.
So you swam like…
Of course. So how do you like “Book Town?”
A masterful work. As Heather said to me the other day, “It’s not Hemingway, but at least it’s not Faulkner.” High praise.
I appreciate that once again you have made me the central character in your literary endeavors.
Luis, you’re not the central character in any of the books.
Am I in all three?
Then I am the central character. I am Ortiz.
I assume the next book will simply be titled “Ortiz.”
Actually that one’s on the backburner for now. (Way back).
Why is that? (His eyes have narrowed; not good).
It’s taking time to fully capture on the page the full essence of all that is you.
I understand. (Smiling again, thank God). It is a Herculean task.
Any other thoughts on “Book Town?”
I said it all in the blurb I sent you. You will use it on the back cover, of course.
I can recite it from memory the readers of your blog: “If F. Scott Fitzgerald and St. Thomas Aquinas had a literary love child, it would still not be as compelling as this novel.” My eloquence amazes even me.
It amazes us all, Ortiz.
Wonderful. Now go work on the masterpiece that will be “Ortiz.” I think Javier Bardem should play me in the film version. We are both menacingly loveable.