Friday, July 4, 2008
Deja Vu, All Over Again
Self-published author Robert J. Gagnon, modesty-challenged as Amazon self-promoters so often are, has seen fit not only to review but to award his own book, "Life At Fifteen," 5 stars. It is hardly surprising, given this lapse, to discover that Gagnon's other head cheerleader is the equally self-effacing artists' representative, Grady Harp. Mr. Harp, going on to rave over another book called "Days of the Embassy," spills the beans that Mr. Gagnon, apparently within minutes, ascended from mere self-published author to owner of a new publishing company responsible for this volume, too. Harp implies such publishing coups may well put the major houses to shame. Now if only he could persuade Gagnon to publish a new edition of "War Songs," which the public has so oddly neglected, we might happily conclude that Mr. Harp has received the most fitting payback.