He started up his noisy computer in the middle of a reading!
March 24, 2014 3:36 PM Subscribe
I had a book release, reading, and signing party last night (it's a book I co-edited), and about halfway though the reading, one of the reader's husband pulled out his computer pad and turned it on, making all the start up noises. I find this rude and disrespectful; indeed, in the open mike culture here, people generally "respect the mike" and don't talk or take calls, but support the reader and give them energy (Energy begets energy).
posted by intrepid_simpleton to Human Relations (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The wife was in another part of the bar and may not have known it was him (although I didn't see anyone else with a laptop). To make things worse, the reader at that time was a timid person, not very used to the mike. I took a deep breath and went on with the show. No, I haven't let it go (smile). Now that it's over, do I let her know? If so, how do I diplomatically write my e-mail? I am just hesitant because I took an (electronic) bite out of her ass a couple weeks ago for bulk mailing me (some battles you will never win). I did apologize sincerely to her for that--not for doing it, but for kind of going off on her. I don't want her to think she can do nothing right around me, however, I am just adamant about protecting my readers as well as giving them the best possible environment I can. I KNOW how hard it is to get up there in front of people!
Of course I know about the "please set your electronic devices to stun" pre-reading speech, and flat out forgot due to all the preparations (greeting people, setting out refreshments, getting the sound ready, checking off readers, and so on).
If I were quicker on my feet I would said have something at the time. I was so stunned that he would do that. Now that it's over, do I let her know? If so, how do I diplomatically write my e-mail?