Lethe Press, Day 17 Giveaway: It’s Not Mean if It’s True by Michael Thomas Ford
The author of Alec Baldwin Doesn’t Love Me and That’s Mr. Faggot to You returns with more skewed observations on the strange state of the queer union. As fans of his previous collections have happily discovered, little escapes his attention, and no topic is too controversial or sacred to be tackled. “The Condensed History of Gay Pride” is enough to send any politically correct gay leader shrieking into the streets. But Ford’s favorite target remains himself. The fact that Cher’s butt is more famous than he is really irks him, and he is willing to pretend to be straight in order to get help while shopping for clothes. He murdered his rival’s “egg baby” in high school to secure a good grade, and he sacrificed his own to a chocolate cake. Whether he is equating becoming a man with buying a barbecue in the very moving “Rite of Passage” or considering the state of parenthood in the unforgettable “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Ford continues to observe life in ways that help us more closely observe ourselves-while never, never forgetting to make us laugh.
So, you’ve hopefully read about my decision to reprint Ford’s funny essays in an earlier post. This time I’ll talk about covers–choosing a cover can be one of the most frustrating aspects of publication. Let’s face it, people DO judge a book by its cover. So I had help with Matthew of InkSpiral Design (Inkspiraldesign.com) to ensure that all the Ford books looked alike novellas under one cover. The first two books were easy, but this one…how to suggest sarcasm? We went back and forth and Michael suggested a mean-faced child. I stumbled upon this image and, thanks to Matthew’s talent, we have a suitable whimsical cover for a very funny book.
We have two copies of It’s Not Mean if It’s True to give away. You may choose print or digital editions.