What are the chances that the holder of the poetry chair at Oxford's latest poetical exegesis would land in 13th place on the Amazon.com bestseller list based on pre-publication
sales alone? Pretty good, apparently, if the book gets hyped on page one of The New York Times
. Less than 24 hours ago, it was at 109
(and that was a few hours after the Times
article hit, so it was probably already reflecting the publicity). By the way, for an even more amazing reality check, the punctuation book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves
, is holding steady at #3! What's up, America?