A Pocketful of Wry

Two Sides of the Same Coin, by Craig Conley Coining a phrase isn't the panacea it once was. The cashless society approaches, signaling the demise of those jingling disks we loved, and hated, and forgot to remove from the pockets of our jeans on laundry day. No mere numismatic device, the face of the freshly minted coin reflects history in the making, and not just another pack of gum.

On the flip side, a study in comparison and contrast: Every picture tells a story, but not every story brings the burst of minty freshness I experienced upon tearing the cover from Craig Conley's latest book. Thus exposed, its pages can be arranged and reordered to better accommodate the reader's whim, for it is only glue that dictates which page ought to come before the next, or after it.

While this sort of heavy-handed editing may not sit well with the average author, I believe Craig would understand why I disassembled his book. After reconfiguring it, the book now consists entirely of photocopies of page 32, which refers to me, which is why I like it so much.

The other 71 pages didn't refer to me at all, except maybe the dedication page, but I couldn't find any numbers on that one so I wasn't sure what to do about it. No one has ever dedicated a book to me before.

Thank you, Craig.



  1. Interesting insight that this book is the last gasp of a society going cashless. :-)

  2. Yes, and with insights like mine, it's a good thing your work always stands on its own merits.

  3. P.S. For those who wonder, the monologue above is not a book review! If it were, you would have noticed actual relevance to the book itself, which contains quotations about coins, and their two sides.

    [quavering falsetto on]

    For those who do not, the delirium of said monologue is sufficient proof already.

    [quavering falsetto off]