A number of my female friends and I have founded an International Jo Lendle Appreciation Society. We meet up to discuss writer and publisher extraordinaire Jo Lendle, including his wit and humour, his intelligent charm and politeness, his attractive physique and his all-round cuteness. It is a little-known fact that writer and publisher extraordinaire Jo Lendle was once voted second-most attractive editor in the German publishing world. We are thinking of campaigning for a recount. We also exchange devotional items such as locks of hair, napkins used by writer and publisher Jo Lendle, and signed notes.
Although our organization has hitherto been of a strictly underground nature, the newspapers appear to have got wind of it. The FAZ has kindly provided us with a four-page interview, in which writer and publisher extraordinaire Jo Lendle says, among many other wise things, that he will publish more books by women in his new post as head of Hanser Verlag. Also, he likes to read blogs and thinks they should be taken more seriously. Next time, FAZ, we want more photos.
I think we can all agree that Hanser have made an excellent choice. Now all they need to do is relocate to one of the cities represented in the International Jo Lendle Appreciation Society, and at least one of our members will be very happy indeed. The others will try very hard not to scratch her eyes out.
Update: Jo Lendle did that thing at Fünfbücher.de where you have to name your five favourite books. And would you look at that: they're all by women. If the list was part of an online dating profile, the International Jo Lendle Appreciation Society would snap him up straight away.