Experiencing Technical Difficulties

I was listening to iTunes on Friday -- Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," an excellent song for a most excellent night -- when my laptop fell from its unsteady perch and went BOOM on the floor. It's working, but v e r y s l o w l y, so I type this from an Internet cafe in Park Slope while waiting for Dell technical support. I will be posting only intermittently over the next two weeks anyway due to the tour/my vacation: friends and family to see; my sister's wedding on Saturday (it -- and she -- is going to be gorgeous); tour appearances in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles; five days in Sin City with hundreds of Harry Potter fans . . . It promises to be a crazy-wonderful time. I hope to see or meet many of you on the way, so if you read this and I don't know you, please come up and introduce yourself.

Would anyone in the New York area be interested in gathering August 2 after the JKR reading for a postmortem drink and discussion? Melissa and Emerson and I aren't doing an NYC appearance, so this might be a nice informal substitute. (Are other people already planning these kinds of meetups? I have no idea.) E-mail me at chavela_que at yahoo dot com if you're up for it (subject line "Harry Potter and the __(you fill in the blank)__") and if we have a quorum, I'll coordinate something.

In the meantime, I leave you with the famous list of "Children's Books You'll Probably Never See" to which KTBB alluded below:
  • You Were an Accident
  • Daddy Drinks Because You Cry
  • Strangers Have the Best Candy
  • The Little Sissy Who Snitched
  • Some Kittens Can Fly
  • Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her
  • All Dogs Go to Hell
  • The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking
  • Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?
  • You Are Different and That's Bad
  • Pop Goes The Hamster....And Other Great Microwave Games
  • The Tickling Babysitter
  • Babar Meets the Taxidermist
  • Bi-Curious George
  • The Boy Who Died from Eating All His Vegetables
  • The Pop-up Book of Human Anatomy
  • Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
  • Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share
  • Controlling the Playground: Respect Through Fear

Happy summer!