The Water Cooler

Once upon a time, we had water coolers. Big, burbling things where co-workers could gather to schmooze. They were shrines to the art of the schmooze. Co-workers would talk about the craziness of the current White House, or last week’s episode of “The X Files,” or them Mets, or the new dish they hired in accounting (“…blond, big eyes, sweet smile, mustache [you thought I was going sexist there, weren’t you.]…), or this book you’d just picked up from the library.

Water coolers. Think of them as corporate versions of Stonehenge.

Then, those pesky Internets showed up and all of a sudden there was a cooler, faster, hipper way to talk to friends about books. (Or dishes, one supposes.) For instance: Good Reads.

Know it? Why the hell not? What are you, living in a cupboard under the stairs on Privet Lane?

OK, I didn’t, either, until “Crashers” started showing up. Suddenly, average, ordinary readers are schmoozing about my book. Wow.

I just became them Mets. My book is that upon which people schmooze. The book is schmooze-worthy. It’s water cooler material.

Holy hell….

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on March 16, 2010, in Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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