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“I’ve got the name for our publishing house. We just said we were going to publish a few books on the side at random. Let’s call it Random House.”

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source: At Random: The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf (New York: Random House, 2002), with new introduction by Christopher Cerf, 65.

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medium: memoir

“As part of my research for An Anthology of Authors’ Atrocity Stories About Publishers, I conducted a study (employing my usual controls) that showed the average shelf life of a trade book to be somewhere between milk and yogurt.”

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source: “Publisher’s Lunch,” in Uncivil Liberties (New Haven: Ticknor & Friends, 1982), 22.

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medium: magazine column

notes: originally published in Trillin's "Uncivil Liberties" column in The Nation, June 24, 1978.

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