So, it’s October 1st, which means that it’s only one more month until The Odd Clauses hits the shelves, real and virtual. It’s all very exciting. Last week I got a couple of copies of the book in the mail. They smelled like strawberry shortcake. Also, the books look terrific–the Beacon art department designed a terrific cover, with lots of funny critters all over it, both front and back. Thank you, Beacon art department.
I also want to send a humongous pile of thanks to the six great and talented and generous people who were willing to blurb the book. I’m truly honored by their kind words for my book:
“The maniacs who run the modern American political process seem determined to reduce our Constitution to an electoral fetish object. Thank God, then, that we have Jay Wexler, whose wise and funny treatise reminds us that the Constitution is, like the men who drafted it, brilliant but imperfect. I learned more reading this book than in my entire college career. This isn’t saying much, given my college career, I realize. But I now plan to attend law school. It’s that good.” —Steve Almond, author of Candyfreak and God Bless America
“A know-it-all’s treasure trove, a cabinet of constitutional curiosities, The Odd Clauses touches down on NASA, Ellis Island, even Saturday Night Live. Jay Wexler is brilliantly snarky, erudite, and comedic.” —Julianna Baggott, author of Girl Talk and Pure.
“I love this book. It is, believe it or not, an utterly entertaining constitutional law book. I am blown away by Wexler’s comedic skills and his ability to make the usually dry subject matter so funny and readable.” —Gary Gulman, finalist, Last Comic Standing and guest, Late Show with David Letterman
“Jay Wexler has a unique gift for combining acute constitutional analysis with humor and a human touch.” —Peter Irons, author of A People’s History of the Supreme Court
“In Holy Hullabaloos, Jay Wexler took us along on what he called a ‘road trip’ to some of the most important places connected to the First Amendment’s religion clauses. This time, in The Odd Clauses, Wexler exits off the highway to take us on a tour of some back roads of constitutional law: places scholars and the public seldom visit, like the bill of attainder clause or the Third Amendment (which prohibits quartering of troops in private houses during peacetime, in case you didn’t know). The result is magical. You’ll have so much fun reading about these unsung constitutional provisions that you won’t realize until the trip is over how much you’ve learned.” —Pam Karlan, professor of constitutional law, Stanford Law School
“Wexler dispenses his expertise on the Constitution with a light touch, imparting many lasting insights and a few belly laughs along the way. What a delight to discover that our founding document is not only brilliant, but brilliantly weird.” —Ben H. Winters, author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Bedbugs
Finally, I wanted to thank whoever is responsible–maybe it’s Beacon Press, or Caitlin Meyer, the tremendous publicist from Beacon who is working on this book, or the sales people at Random House who distribute Beacon’s books–for giving some copies to Amazon for its “vine” program, which lets certain top reviewers review books and other items before they come out. As of October 1, there are six reviews–3 four stars and 3 five stars. There seems to be a pattern. If someone likes my humor, they give it five stars. If they think the humor is “juvenile” or “not funny,” they still give it four stars. I can live with that!