The Republic of Tea hosted a delightful afternoon tea party with media and publishers at Random House HQ to celebrate their collection of tea based on Alexander McCall Smith’s best selling series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Check out the photos from this fun event!
Oedipus Snark had a number of distinctions in this life. The first of these—and perhaps the most remarkable—was that he was, by common consent, the only truly nasty Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament. This was not just an accolade bestowed upon him by journalists in search of an amusing soubriquet, it was a judgement agreed upon by all those who knew him, including, most notably, his mother. Berthea Snark, a well-known psychoanalyst who lived in a small, undistinguished mews house behind Corduroy Mansions, had tried very hard to love her son, but had eventually given up, thus joining that minuscule group—mothers who cannot abide their sons. So rare is the phenomenon, and so willing are most mothers to forgive their sons any shortcoming, that this demographic—that is to say, in English, these people—is completely ignored by marketeers. And that, as we all know, is the real test of significance. If marketeers ignore you, you are not worth bothering about; you are nothing; you are—to put it brutally—a nondemographic.
Tea, anyone? Alexander McCall Smith stopped by our offices earlier this week, so we snapped a quick shot of him with his new line of tea from The Republic of Tea. (Vintage/Anchor is raffling off some of these delicious AMS-inspired blends as we speak.)
If you’re in New York City tonight, he’ll be at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture giving a talk. Details here.
“She had so much love to give - she had always felt that - and now there was somebody to whom she could give this love, and that, she knew, was good; for that is what redeems us, that is what makes our pain and sorrow bearable - this giving of love to others, this sharing of the heart.”
― Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies