Monday, September 11, 2006

Bumbershoot is a total blur

This is the Digital Photography section of University Book Store. Soon, I will request a transfer to this section and become the official shelver in the Digital Photography section.

"Why, Shelver, do you want to transfer to the Digital Photography section?" you may ask.

Because, dear readers, I went to Bumbershoot. I went to Bumbershoot and took this photo:

All right, so here it is. This is our tent at Bumbershoot. This is our author signing table. This photo was taken as 1)Laila Lalami and 2)Gary Shteyngart were signing copies of their books.

And that's when 3) George Saunders and 4) Mary Gaitskill came strolling up to get their books signed.

Laila was heard to yell, "Oh my God! It's George Saunders!"

I grabbed my camera. And took a photo. Blurry. Another. Blurry.

Above you see the third and best attempt to take a photo of four really important contemporary writers standing right next to one another.

One can only assume it was the shear force of literary power—some sort of radiating literary aura—that doomed this photo.

Or, I am a lousy photographer. In case the second is the reason, I hope to soon be transfered to the Digital Photography section. Perhaps spending some time with those books will help.


  1. Anonymous2:26 PM

    Is that Bigfoot in the signing line as well?

  2. Anonymous5:54 PM


  3. Greetings from Kuwait. I love Bumbershoot. I did undergrad studies at UW. Your blog entry was a hoot. Did you maybe switch from automatic focus to manual without knowing it?


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