After extensive polling, it’s clear that Arrogant Nation would like to commemorate the sanctions years with an anthology of all my USC postings over the last two years. I wanted to give you some details on the project and also extend you some offers.
The book will be largely unedited as part of the joy of being the Bearfighter is not reading your own posts. As I once said to a critic, “I write, not read”. Arrogant.
Obviously a will not be printing pictures for the most part as I am not going to pay for the rights (or hunt down who took the pictures I bootleg to pay them), so there are a lot of parentheticals explaining what was there. I think they are pretty funny.
The book will be paperback (so you can order many of them and I don’t LOSE money on the deal) and I intend to keep the cost relatively down, as I try to with the shirts. I have a killer job that pays me well. I lead Arrogant Nation because I love it and I love you and I love killing bears and getting invited to speak to sorority girls. Simple wants for a simple bear killer.
I am going to work out a book signing tour in LA as apparently many of us still have yet to meet. I’ll read some passages, we’ll sign some copies and if the venue is cool, we can have some drinks.
I need your help with some details so I can expedite this process. I am already up to formatting the Stanford game LAST YEAR and the book is 92 pages already. I’m trying to keep it easy on the eyes like a blog, so we’re potentially looking at a 300+ page masterwork, which is appropriate because I am the master and hell with a pen.
So, what can you do to help?
I’d like to do book signings at the USC Bookstore, Book Soup on Sunset and then one somewhere on the Westside. I’ll also do one out of state if you fly the bear out there and guarantee a crowd (if you do, I’ll give you a cut of what we do that day of course). Just email me.
Also, been getting AMAZING images from you guys wearing the gear or holding signs for us. Keep sending them to me with a sentence to the effect of “I hereby grant Zack Jerome all rights to use this image with no royalties attached” to make sure you don’t try to sue the bearfighter. That said, suing the bearfighter would be like evicting yourself from Los Angeles because, well, I am the bearfighter.
So please send in your pics. I have already put like 10 in there and this anthology belongs to you too. To be honest, I have been nostalgic reading it. We’ve been a beacon of light for this school in a dark time and we’re almost out. Hell, if MB decides to stay, I think it will feel like sanctions never happened.
Which brings me to my last ask. I have received hundreds of comments, emails and texts saying what the blog has meant to you over the years. I would love to include them in an appendix. My hope is that the book encompasses what we felt, what happened. I plan to write a foreword that might be my opus, my final thoughts on this time period as we go to a new place.
So please, send emails if you’d like about what the blog, Arrogant Nation means to you. I will include them with your permission.
Finally, I’d love a Trojan football player (graduated of course) to write a foreword. If you know one particular Trojan alum who loves this blog and would like to write a foreword, please connect me with it. I have a feeling this book is a must have for Trojan fans and that’s a compliment to all of us who were here from day one.