travel book have a lot of pictures? People are graphic today. They want to look at pictures
instead of reading descriptions.”
“Oh, I didn‟t think about that. Good idea. I know a great photographer,” he said, leaving me to
wonder if he had written anything at all, for how would he get a photographer to retrace his journeys. Maybe he is coming on to me, I thought; one never knows in South Beach.
“This is superficial writing,” he remarked, thumbing through
“Indeed. It‟s a money maker. It was going for thirty
-dollars a pop in 2006. I paid a buck for it yesterday. He is a best-selling author. Maybe he got a half-million off this book.
“A friend of mine
said he made a lot of money on a book because all the libraries bought a
“You mentioned you worked for Sotheby‟s. Now there is quite a story, how a
journalist came up with ideas that made Sotheby‟
s a fortune in the art world, popularized the art business. Stanley Clark was his name, a heavy set man, I recall, not very neat looking
“Now we‟re doing it with real estate.”
It occurred to me that
was a good book to carry around as a conversation piece. Maybe I should get a copy of
to go with it. Perhaps I would eventually become a happier member of society if not more intelligent, the socialist hypothesis being that intelligence is more social than individual. The young salesman proceeded to press me for personal information. Was I retired? Did I own properties on the beach? Did I live year-round on the beach? Did I have good friends who lived on the beach? I made the mistake of saying that my best friend lived on the beach, and was currently with her ex-husband, who came down to help her with some business.
“We are showing some nice units in a building this afternoon he would be interested in.”
“No, his investments are in London. The family would never invest in Florida. They do not l
ike it. They consider Florida to be a trashy investment. He would not
take “no” for answer, said he had a big contact in London, kept pushing and
pushing, wrote down his contact info in my book, and said to be sure to contact him. After I parted company with my new acquaintance, I scanned a few pages from
and emailed them to him.