Anniversary Toasts #6: Rick Moody
Long past New Year's, our Anniversary Toasts series continues -- if only because we continue to be inspired by the words of our favorite authors on the subject of independent bookstores. Here, bookseller Alexis reads the toast from our neighbor and friend Rick Moody, who presented his newest book The Four Fingers of Death at Greenlight on August 24, 2010. Moody's words are below the video -- enjoy!
"It's really ridiculous that I'm toasting tonight, since I don't drink--my A.A. friends would not approve--but since I'm toasting in absentia, I do in fact suggest that you raise your glasses high and drain them, and have a good time. It's a dark, gloomy moment in American literary history. Who'd have thought a store could be as successful and well-loved as Greenlight in this dark moment? And yet here you are, making friends in the neighborhood, and creating a home where local writers can come and experiment and feel welcomed, no matter what. I salute you and your improbable and most excellent achievement, and I hope I'll be writing another toast for your tenth anniversary. All hail Greenlight!"
- Rick Moody