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16 May 2010

The Finish Line

You know what it feels like? It feels as if I'm almost finished running a marathon—the marathon in this case being the three years I spent researching and writing Everything Is an Afterthought, interviewing a hundred or so of Paul Nelson's friends, family, associates, and several of the artists about whose work he wrote (including Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Elliott Murphy, Rod Stewart, Suzanne Vega, Freedy Johnston, and Bruce Hornsby)—and just when that symbolic satin ribbon comes into sight, it suddenly moves farther away.

The finish line becomes a moving target.

No sooner had I announced the publication date of the book than I received word that the publisher has rescheduled its release to Spring 2011 in order to give us a few more months to solicit advance blurbs.

Sure, I'm disappointed; but if this strategy results in more people buying and/or reading the book, then I'm all for it. My goal for this project remains the same as when I began: to not only collect Paul Nelson's best writing into book form so that it can be rediscovered by his original audience, but to introduce his work to a new generation of readers and establish him as one of our finest writers.

In the meantime, I'll continue posting updates here, as well as material that didn't make its way into the book. And maybe some interview transcripts. And next spring will be here before we know it.

Copyright 2010 by Kevin Avery. All rights reserved.

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