OFFERING: MICHEL GONDRY. You’ll Like This Film Because You’re In It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol. Brooklyn, NY: PictureBox, 2008. Fine in tight, unread wraps. Signed, dated in the year of publication…and inscribed to French poet François Villon!
Why would Gondry inscribe this book to a 15th-century French poet? Whenever I go to author events, I’ll buy 2 copies of what they’re promoting… and ask the author to inscribe a copy to their favorite dead artist. Or writer. Or musician. Just depends on who’s signing! Mark Oliver Everett from The Eels inscribed a copy of his book to Beethoven. Patti Smith signed a copy of Just Kids to Gogol. You get it.
Some scoff. Some decline. Some accept. One accused me playing a practical joke. It’s always interesting to see who inscribes to whom. For me, it sheds a little more light on the author. I might start digging around my collection and offering up more of these. I’ve got a few.