Any pledge, no matter how small, will help me achieve my goal. For a pittance, I will accept your Facebook friend request and mail you a physical Christmas card this year whether you celebrate the holiday or not.
“There is some self-interest behind every friendship.”
Chanakya (371 - 283 BC), Indian philosopher
Now we’re talking. $15 will get you a real paper and ink paperback copy of "The Whole Shot" when it’s published. If you live in the United States, I’ll even pay for the shipping. If you don’t, it will cost you an additional $5.
Not only will get you a copy of the printed book, but I’ll also add your name to the acknowledgments section. How cool will it be when one of your grandkids stumbles across "The Whole Shot" in a library (assuming that such places exist in the future) or landfill and sees your name handsomely typeset on one of the back pages? Again, free shipping for Americans. All others will pay an extra $5.
Years ago, I ran an indie record label called Skipping Discs specializing in compilations of cover songs. Our biggest seller was a CD called “Saturday Night Hay Fever: Bluegrass Artists Perform Disco Hits.” For two weeks straight in 2002, it was number 11 on the U.S. bluegrass radio airplay charts. (Yes, there really is such a thing.) Unfortunately, I had way too many copies pressed and I’ve been carting boxes of these CDs around for years. Nothing would make my wife happier than to get them out of the basement. So, basically, this is the same as the previous reward – a copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgements section – plus a new, unopened copy of the CD. Worth it for the cover art alone. Same deal on shipping as the previous two rewards.
The next time you are within a 25-mile radius of Arlington, MA, I will take you out for a pizza dinner on a mutually agreed-upon date, where I will present you with a signed (by me) copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgments section and a copy of the Saturday Night Hay Fever CD. I’ll pick up the tab – including the tip! I’ll even throw in a Tough Poets Press logo T-shirt. We can take numerous selfies that I will post on the Tough Poets website, and we discuss literature, the Beats, current events … you name it. Or maybe we’ll just stare awkwardly at each other while we chew our food when we realize that we have nothing in common other than an appreciation of the works of Gregory Corso.
Dick Brukenfeld, publisher of Corso's first collection of poetry, The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems (1955), has graciously donated two copies of the first edition of this extremely rare book from his dwindling personal stash to help fund this project. A pledge of $850 will get you ONE of these copies along with a copy of The Whole Shot (with your name added to the acknowledgments section, of course). These copies are unread and are in the best condition you are likely to find. As Dick told me, they were stored in a box in his closet for decades.