Manolo says, the Manolo’s friend David Bernstein of the New Pamphleteer is being interviewed at the Marimello blog, here is the excerpt in which your shoeblogging friend is praised.
M: Why’d ya pick a fashion blogger like Manolo [the shoe blogger] (aside from the fact that he is genius complete)? What’s the submission process?
DB: Manolo is the ideal example of what we look for in an author – a rich blend of talent, a strongly passionate connection with a loyal online audience, and a mischievous entrepreneurial streak. In the case of Manolo, he was one of the first authors we sought out. But at the same time, we are very eager to see unsolicited submissions as well. One of our most successful, and I think best written, offerings is “Raising Wild Boys Into Men: A Modern Dad’s Survival Guide” by Kansas blogger Tony Woodlief. Tony sent us about 6 pamphlet proposals by email before we settled on this one. We’re also working on putting together a contest where we invite submissions, and we’ll post them as ebooks and let the public decide which should be published in print.
Genius complete? Ayyyy! Such wonderful praise makes the Manolo blush.
Is you wish to purchase the copy of the Manolo’s offering please go to the website for the New Pamphleteer.
The Consolation of the Shoes is a short and sweet illustration of the young Manolo’s love for the shoes. With brief references to some of the most important shoes in history, Manolo comes to a life changing conclusion. It’s a light hearted read and one which I recommend after a stressful day, preferably with a glass of rosé. I felt an odd sense of fulfilment by the end. Definitely a must read…..especially for fellow shoe lovers.
Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the writer Marta Acosta, author of the Milagro de los Santos series comedic vampire books, has the few words to say about the Manolo’s new short work, The Consolation of the Shoes.
The 48-page story is delightfully absurd, but it is far too affectionate to be considered a parody of Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy. (I’d call it an homage.) The writing is deft and graceful, a pleasure to read. I’m dying to know the true identity of this writer and hope that he will publish a novel soon. [...] I’ve narrowed him down to: someone with a degree in philosophy and probably a guy. Fans of John Kennedy Toole will see a kindred spirit at work here.
Ayyyy! To be compared to the genius behind the Confederacy of Dunces, brings the Manolo such joy!
Of the course, the Manolo is writer behind the Manolo. It is not mo more mysterious than that. But, naturally, you must now go read the entire review.
The honest truth is that I thought the whole thing was a hoax. Manolo the Shoeblogger had, supposedly, written a book called The Consolation of Shoes, an obvious parody (homage?) to Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. It even had an introduction by the deliciously over-the-top character Herr Professor Doktor Boethius von Korncrake.
Then Manolo sent me a *.pdf copy of his book, and I’ll be darned if it isn’t a real thing: a book-length version of Boethius’s Consolation, except with shoes.
But wait, there is more.
But I think the modern relative obscurity of Boethius prevents The Consolation of Shoes from being dangerous in its nihilism, and keeps it good fun. After all, the only people who would know Boethius well enough to get the joke are, well, people who know Boethius. If you have already read Boethius, then you have been confronted intellectually with the question of what is important in life, so Manolo isn’t presenting you with any ideas that you weren’t already familiar with.
OK, ok, so this review has been a lot more serious than perhaps a light-hearted piece like Manolo the Shoeblogger’s The Consolation of Shoes calls for. If you know your Boethius, it is very funny, with several laugh-out-loud moments. I would highly recommend it for anyone toiling away at serious Boethius scholarship. Go ahead, give your mind a break, and let it dangle its toes in the sparkling stream that is The Consolation of Shoes.
You must go read the whole thing, as the Manolo found the review incredibly amusing.
I will just commend The Consolation of The Shoes as the perfect pocket book, to be kept about one’s person when one inclines to lofty philosophical thoughts which are nonetheless rooted in the reality of our own flawed humanity.
Coming from the accomplished writer such as the Linda, such words are as the Balm of Gilead to the Manolo’s soul.
His facetious wit is ever present and you will be thoroughly entertained by tales of young Manolo’s humble beginnings and his search for the miraculous shoes of heaven. His words leave an indelible impression on the mind and I found myself returning to them often after reading the book, giggling to myself at the memory they bring forth.
As always the Manolo is both grateful and humbled by such praise.
Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Tammy at the Jewelry Weblog has reviewed the Manolo’s new work, The Consolation of the Shoes.
Honestly, I’m not sure what I expected. Some of his hilarious jabs at David Hasselhoff? Perhaps a book of shoe etiquette? No, none of these. Instead I was given a glimpse into the Manolo, or at least, the Manolo of the past, and served a surprisingly poignant narrative.
“…indispensable reading, stunningly witty and hugely informative.”
Roger L. Simon
“…a must for writers seeking inspiration and motivation.”
The Rouge Wave
“Revelations spring out of Manolo’s variegated and amusing prose like rare resplendent orchid flowers from the luxuriant tropical vegetation…”
“Manolo’s erudition leads the reader on a humor-filled treasure hunt through oblique pop-culture references, quotes from Paradise Lost, the annals of European art history, and world culture.”
The Utne Reader
Manolo asks, what are you waiting for?
Please go buy the copy of the Consolation of the Shoes, it is only $6 of the American dollars.
The Manolo, on his blog, could teach us style and decorum, observe our culture, sell shoes and be funny all at the same time. It was a tap dance he continued to carry off, to my amazement, from week to week. I wondered if he could expand this into longer forms.
Now I know. The Consolation of The Shoes is an attempt to explain The Manolo without explaining him, if you know what I mean, and it succeeds brilliantly. Yet somehow, beneath all the obfuscations and stratagems, truth emerges. And perhaps that is the point. We learn much of the character and development of The Manolo, about his allegiance to Lady Fashion, and the answer to one of the greatest of all imponderables – equal to, if not exceeding, the conundrum of one hand clapping … “What, then, oh mortal men, do you seek happiness outside that which lies within your shoes?”
You don’t have to have a fascination with shoes to enjoy the cultural and literary phenomena that is Manolo the Shoeblogger. Manolo embodies a certain fabulousity, a verbal elasticity and a post, post-Grey Gardens je ne sais quoi for word lovers and shoe lovers alike.
Published by the New Pamphleteer, The Consolation of the Shoes is a must for writers seeking inspiration and motivation. Nobody writes the way Manolo does; he stands as a beacon for what is possible when we paint with our words and create sublimely entertaining worlds.