Marginalia, no.53

No editor is going to drink champagne from my skull.

~ Maria Reiche

The German-born mathematician who spent most of her life surveying the Nazca lines in Peru explains why she chose to self-publish Mystery on the Desert, her 1968 book on the subject.  It used to be that self-publishing was only undertaken with difficulty and at grave risk to one’s purse.  Nowadays everyone prefers to drink champagne from his own skull.  Pity the unemployed editors and their ragged children sipping water from Dixie cups.


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