Everyone’s favorite foreword writer, in action. He did it in one take. What a pro.

Everyone’s favorite foreword writer, in action. He did it in one take. What a pro.

Recording has begun. And the doctor is in.

Recording has begun. And the doctor is in.

Critical, But Stable: Columns, Essays, and Other Desperate Attempts To Win Your Love: The E-Book


I don’t think I’d get more than a dime in royalties if you bought the e-book, but, what the hell, go get it.

Half a score ago…


Sometime in late November/early December 2002, the greatest book I ever wrote, Critical, But Stable: Columns, Essays, and Other Desperate Attempts To Win Your Love, was published. And now, ten years after (give or take a few months), it’s time to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Throughout the book’s tin anniversary year, I will be commemorating this blessed event through various means, mainly by recording an audio book version featuring the vocal talents of the smart, attractive people who bought Critical, But Stable upon its initial release (there’s still plenty of time for you to be part of that, by the way, but we’ll get there) .

This blog will also feature rare, behind-the-scenes photos of some of the events chronicled in C,BS:C,E,aODATWYL, testimonials from some of the book’s fans, videos taken at some of the locations that either inspired or directly appeared in the book, and much, much more. Actually, not that much more. That will be about it. And some of those things might not actually happen either.

The anniversary fun officially gets under way in March, with a tour through the Northeast in which you can meet the author of your favorite book (unless your favorite book is written by someone else, in which case, tough luck, jerk) and, if you have the ability to speak out loud, be part of that audio book I mentioned. Oh, and, by the way, you won’t be getting paid for your work, because I know it would be insulting to our relationship as author and devotee to suggest that a price could be put on this thing we’ve developed. You’re welcome.

Anyway, if you’re in or near Oneonta, NY; Syracuse, NY; Rochester, NY; Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; or Annapolis, MD, you will have the chance to be part of history and shake the hand of a guy who’s sold 40-50 copies of a book (no extra charge for handshakes, but please wash up beforehand). The tour begins in Oneonta on March 10 and ends in Annapolis on March 18. Please keep in mind that I will be making this whole trip on bus and train, so by the end of the week, I may not know who you are (or, for that matter, who I am). When approaching me, please make sure you are holding your copy of C,BS:C,E,aODATWYL so I know that I should like you.

And if you don’t live in or near those cities or are too timid to meet me in person, I will do my best to provide updates from the trip on this blog. So stay tuned. Or whatever the right phrase is when referring to blogs.

OK, so that’s that. Let the anniversary celebration begin. And because I promised you rare photos, here’s one (signed!) of the day in 1990 (who doesn’t remember Spelling Recognition Week that year?)) when I was honored at Borough Hall for my spelling bee prowess (see Sigman, J. (2002). Critical, but stable: Columns, essays, and other desperate attempts to win your love. Lincoln, NE: Writers Club Press; pp. 3-6).

(from l. to r., Frances Sigman, Richard Sigman, Borough President Guy V. Molinari, me, Helen Sigman, Sr. Eustace Hanley, Helen Fairweather, and Sr. Timothy Smyth)