Thanks to all of you who flooded me with Strange Flesh sightings in its natural habitat. I finally got out this weekend to make my own observations. Which were:
1) I did not care for the way a few local urchins were handling Chardahlia [my name for the cover model].
2) I was nonplussed by the following exchange with a bookseller:
“Sir, are you photographing the books?”
“Yeah. That OK?”
“It’s really not. You mustn’t photograph the books. We can’t have it.”
3) I spent a while trying to parse why this might be, and was poised to argue. But then I realized: Chardahlia deserves to be treated like a celebrity.
So I left her to her work.