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Quotations from an iconic publishing veteran

I was blown away. I was looking for African-American people to apologize to.

—H on 12 Years a Slave

  • Me: Online is the only way you meet people these days.
  • H: That's why I can't get a date.

  • Colleague: You want it both ways.
  • H: How about a three way?

I had an ordeal on the New York transit system. A bunch of people convinced the trains go to stations they don’t go to.


Sales Conference

  • Colleague: Come sit next to me so I can keep an eye on you.
  • H: Ugh. I knew that was forthcoming.

He is smart. Without one fucking year of college. It’s a strange case.



  • Me: I think there's something wrong with her.
  • H: Oh, there's a lot wrong with her.

It had an intro by that monster. The head of the NRA. He said, ‘it sells books.’ I said, ‘not to me.’

—H on a book

He says, ‘I’ve got to go. I have too many emails.’ How did I survive all those years without one fucking email?


I am shocked about it. He had a thing with her. I thought he had higher standards.

—H on a colleague