AN ASIDE: I AM NOT YOUR RESEARCH ASSISTANT
I consider myself a fairly friendly guy who has, many, many times, been more than willing to help other writers or promote other people's work or give contacts to people or whatever. But there are limits to this kind of thing.
Lately, and especially over the last two years, I've gotten a ridiculous number of requests based on the fact my Angela Carter essay is posted on the Modern Word website. Below find a typical exchange. Admittedly, I might've been a bit more abrupt than usual because I'm just getting sick of it. I love the poor pitiful me response. Somebody out of the blue wants me to just stop everything I'm doing and locate a quote for her. I would never think of sending an email of this kind to a stranger--and I certainly didn't do it while researching a college paper while at university.
So--if you're reading this and you're expecting me to take time off from my day and night jobs and countless additional projects to find a quote in an Angela Carter book for you, or write your research paper for you, or...well, all I can say is, Evil Monkey has a few choice words for you.
You are rude. I am a college student with a lot more to do than search through a volume- which I would love to read but don't have the time to before the paper is due. I guess don't deserve much of anything these days but I wish that you would have been more considerate with your response.
From: "Jeff VanderMeer"
To: joy --------
Subject: RE: Angela Carter
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 15:25:26 -0500
I get about two dozen requests of this nature a year. Without being rude, let me just suggest you do your own research. If you can't find the quote, then perhaps you don't deserve to use it.
From: "joy --------"
Subject: Angela Carter
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2005 09:54:48 -0800
I am working on a paper and would like to use a quote from Angela Carter, the quote is something to the effect of "picasso cuts up women". Can you direct me to her work (I think within Burning your Boats) where I could locate the quote.