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October 30, 2007

Thumbnails in Jail

Some of the best discoveries are accidents. My best recent discovery happened just so, as I waited for my lunch to complete its microwave cycle. Who knew how much fun you could have with forks?

I had a fork in hand, dangling loosely over the counter, on which I had laid a magazine. (I guess you'd call that a working lunch.) I noticed that the tines of the fork were obscuring parts of the contributor's face, much like the bars of a prison cell obscure the face of a prisoner. So now I will spend the rest of my afternoon having Fun with Forks(TM), envisioning what various IVP authors and countless bloggers would look like in jail. You can try it yourself on J. I. Packer, author of the IVP classic Knowing God, or Karen Sloan, author of Flirting with Monasticism. Fork not provided.

Fun with Forks(TM) reminds me of another inane game I played in college. My friends and I would randomly append sentences with the phrase "In jail!" using an obnoxious, cartooney voice. For example: "Hey Dave, what are you doing this weekend?" "Oh, I'm going to visit my grandparents--in jail!" Hours of senseless entertainment. Try it; you'll hate yourself for loving it.

Doing my part to make InterVarsity Press the leading publisher of thoughtful Christian books that make a difference in the kingdom of God, I remain

your humble servant,

David A. Zimmerman

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at October 30, 2007 11:28 AM Bookmark and Share


I was having a "homesick for IVP" day today and this popped into my RSS reader. Thanks for helping ease my longing to be around you and my other former colleagues. Wait, that didn't come out quite right. . . Thanks for the laugh--I'm off to go get a fork.

Comment by: Emily V at October 30, 2007 9:25 PM

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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