Random Factoid #236

21 03 2010

Once again, I come before you to alert you to an error that I have made in a previous factoid.  It brings me no pleasure to announce that I have made a mistake, but it somehow makes me feel better knowing that I have acknowledged it.

The culprit: Random Factoid #216.

In 2007, I bought a book in New York City called “Oscar Season” by Mary McNamara.  It was at a random little shop in the city, and I was struck by seeing the golden statue concealing a gun.

Ever since that fateful day, I have told myself that I will read the book during awards season one year.

2007 came and went, “The Departed” won Best Picture, and I hadn’t read it.

2008 flew by, “No Country for Old Men” won Best Picture, and I still hadn’t read it.

2009 was fine, “Slumdog Millionaire” won Best Picture, and it continues to garner dust on my bookshelf.

Now, in 2010, barring some freak occurrence, yet another year will pass where “Oscar Season” has gone unread.  There’s always next year…

The other day, I decided to look at the copyright page of “Oscar Season.”  I discovered that it had not been published in 2007 like I had thought, but rather in 2008.  So that makes the factoid factually incorrect.  I doubt anyone caught it, but it doesn’t weigh on my conscience anymore.





Random Factoid #216

1 03 2010

In 2007, I bought a book in New York City called “Oscar Season” by Mary McNamara.  It was at a random little shop in the city, and I was struck by seeing the golden statue concealing a gun.

Ever since that fateful day, I have told myself that I will read the book during awards season one year.

2007 came and went, “The Departed” won Best Picture, and I hadn’t read it.

2008 flew by, “No Country for Old Men” won Best Picture, and I still hadn’t read it.

2009 was fine, “Slumdog Millionaire” won Best Picture, and it continues to garner dust on my bookshelf.

Now, in 2010, barring some freak occurrence, yet another year will pass where “Oscar Season” has gone unread.  There’s always next year…

**UPDATE 3/21/10: Please see Random Factoid #236.**