HOLA COMRADES!!!

THE PAPERBACK IS OUT TODAY. MORE ON THAT BELOW. i need your help as usual.

and….check it out….we had a baby.

i’ll tell the story of his birth (a homebirth in tennessee, no drugs, and 24 hours of trippy-ass labor) when i am less in space.

i am in SPACE, dude. my life has become a blur of baby-ness. they warned me. i’m taking it like a man. 

but….seriously. it was absolutely amazing. here’s me and neil and the little beanbag a few days after he was born….

born september 16, the commonest birthday in america (because christmas, when we assume everyone is broody and home and drunk).

seven pounds, two ounces.

his name is anthony david karl gaiman. 

karl for my beloved step-brother who died when i was 21.

david for neil’s dad, who died right before i got to meet him, 6 years ago.

and anthony...for anthony.

most of these photos have already been posted to the patreon page (which you should join if you haven’t: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer).

we call him ash sometimes, but also squeaker, because he literally squeaks, and sometimes mews, and sometimes sounds like a little orca whale.

we also call him boobhunter. 

at night, he hunts the wild boob. 

he just turned one month old. here we are, yesterday, at my folks’ house….

return of the boobhunter.

it’s taken me two weeks to be able to find a full hour to sit down to write this mailer.

as with everything…..i have no regrets.

who has time for regrets when there is life. 

and the violent femmes first record. 

and raiders of the lost ark. 

and wine. 

and babies.

and their toes.

and boobs.

boobs for all. 

……… 

OKAY…the NEWS.

THE PAPERBACK OF THE ART OF ASKING IS OUT IN THE US TODAY!!!!!!!!!

here it is:

(do we like the hot quotes from seth godin, the boston globe, caitlin moran, and liz gilbert? yes we do.)

all of the info is here. it also includes a brand-new foreword by Maria Popova (aka brainpickings.org)

it feels like yesterday, but the hardback came out a YEAR ago, and hit the new york times bestseller list the week it came out (at #7).

this book was a labor of love that many of you went through with me, and this is the moment to keep shouting from the rooftops.

 why? 

i’ll tell you, in brief….the way the bestseller list works is somewhat mysterious, but if we ALL pour our energy into making people aware of the book TODAY, TOMORROW…THIS WEEK….

and people start buying and becoming more aware of its impact, we have a chance to get back on the list. if the book gets back on the list, more stores will order it, and the whole will snowball into an amazing blizzard of wonderfulness.

so…..

if you haven't read the book IT IS TIME!!!

if you already have the hardcover, buy the paperback for a friend!!!

BUY TEN COPIES! LEAVE THEM UNDER PARK BENCHES IN PAPER BAGS!

GIVE THEM TO STRANGERS ON AIRPLANES!!! I DO!!!!

i have tried to make it really easy for you to share the book love, using THUNDERCLAP: http://thndr.me/DAVcdw

if you are totally broke and can't afford the book, ASK FOR IT ON MASS MOSAIC!

if you are FLUSH AND FEELING GENEROUS, offer to gift somebody the book on mass mosaic!

if you've never heard of mass mosaic...go be astounded at the community here!

also….

GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS AND BUY 11 COPIES SO YOU HAVE INSTANT GIFTS FOR ALL YOUR LOVED ONES!!!!!

to sweeten the deal, we’ve also (surprise!) made our famous holiday cards again…. 

(Artwork by Michael Zug, Concept by Allan Amato)

….so you can get/give a beautiful card along with your book(s)!

the inside reads:

don’t forget to take the donuts

and don’t forget to give the donuts

and may your coming year be 

filled with love

free from shame

and a bounty of donuts in every direction.

all cards COME WITH THE PAPERBACK! sorry for the lack of centralization…. but: you can get the card as is (not signed) for $30.99 here, or for $40.99 with a typed message, or for $65.99 with a message hand-written and signed by me (me who will be holding a fountain pen in one hand and Boobhunter in the other).


order now now now now so the sales can count towards the book.


you need to order the holiday cards by wednesday, november 18 for international orders and wednesday, december 9 for US orders.

we are going to do our best to make sure that orders placed by these deadlines will arrive in time for the holidays.

……………

and since you’ve been SO GOOD AND READ TIL THE END….

and to reward you for being part of the holy email list….

and once you've bought the paperback, we have a special gift for you, to reward you for being part of the holy email list...

you can use the discount code "AFP-PAPERBACK" for 20% off everything in my online store: http://shop.amandapalmer.net/ ... especially if you're putting together gift packages to knock it off your list early .... stock up on postersshirts and vinyl!!!

 ……………

okay. and i’m going to refrain from barraging you with constant baby photos because i really don’t want to Be That Annoying Person. but now is now and i can get it out of my system…..

and this one below is my favorite photo of him so far. 

he’s so squishy.

he’s being held by our amazing doula and friend, whitney moses.

i.e. those aren’t my boobs. but my breastfeeding-era boobs ARE looking pretty epic

oh fuck it. 

here are his toes.

TOES. THOSE ARE HUMAN TOES!

lots of love,

amanda mother fucking palmer