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Photos and Plastic Alien Babies
Greetings! You may be wondering, having opened this package, why I have sent you a plastic alien baby and a disposable camera. It may not help to know that I too am wondering why, but let me assure you that it all seemed like a good idea at the time.
To explain: my new author web site has a section for author photos. Upon reflection and much deep thought, I decided it might be nice to have photos of and by other writers. So I made a list of some of my favorite writers (mostly living, although I have also sent this package to the grave sites of Nabokov and Poe) and you were on it.
If, by this point, you don't think I am completely nuts, I'd be honored if you would use up the roll of enclosed film on pictures of yourself, your writing space, your neighborhood, your friends, etc., and send it back to me in the enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope. One final request: although the plastic alien baby was primarily included to get your attention, could you please include it (for purposes of scale) in at least one photo?
I would like to emphasize that this is NOT an attempt to obtain free advertising for the alien babies (they certainly need no help from me). Nor is it an attempt to obtain free advertising for my author web site. I will happily just keep the photos in my collection, off the web site, or include them on my web site but NOT advertise their presence in any way.
If, however, I have your permission to post select photos on my web site, along with information on your own endeavors (as well as links to your own sites or to further information about you), I would be truly grateful. Consider it a photographic interview that you conduct yourself, for inclusion on a fun and informational web site.
If you decide you'd rather not be a party to this madness, keep both the camera and the perfectly innocent alien baby as my apology for having intruded upon your privacy.
Thank you for reading this letter to the end rather than simply tossing it in the wastepaper basket (which is what I might have done had I been in your position).
P.S. If you would like to visit my web site first, the URL is: www.vandermeer.redsine.com. Please access VanderWorld and then the VanderPhoto section. There, in a slight deja vu effect, you will find this letter, among other things.