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Go to permalink Under his own name, Daniel Handler has a diverse and busy career. First and foremost, he's a writer, with two novels 's psychological thriller The Basic Eight and 's sex-soaked operatic incest story Watch Your Mouth under his belt. Handler has also played accordion with various small ensembles, and with The Magnetic Fields, most notably on 69 Love Songs. He's scripted two films—the modern opera Rick, starring Bill Pullman, and the screen adaptation of Joel Rose's novel Kill The Poor—and he and Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt are currently collaborating on a musical. But in spite of all his other projects, Handler is still best known as Lemony Snicket, the broody, dour pseudonymous author of the gothic children's books collectively known as A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

The thing with the literary references and other in-jokes is that some young people get them and some old people get them, and some young people don't and some old people don't, so I'm always loath to make generalizations about what is for children and what isn't.

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Certainly children's literature as a genre has some restrictions, so certain things will never pop up in a Snicket book.

But I think there are probably just as many adults who would miss the humor of these books, if not more, as there are children. Advertisement AVC: Your two adult novels have noticeably different narrative voices, and then Lemony Snicket has a third style. Was there a process to finding the voice for those books?

DH: Not really. The Basic Eight and Watch Your Mouth both have first-person voices, and I ended up investigating those voices and investing so much in them that I think many people took them more seriously than they ought to have.

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With the publishing of The Basic Eight, it was often assumed that I was really immature and callow, and with the publishing of Watch Your Mouth, it was assumed that I was oversexualized, and with Lemony Snicket, it's often assumed that I'm erudite and depressed.

But all the voices more or less came naturally to me. I mean, I like to think that I get better and better as a writer, but it seems pretty easy to me to slip on disguises of various people. Advertisement AVC: So are all those assumptions untrue?

DH: [Laughs. I don't know.

I mean, I think they're all pieces of me, they're all to be found somewhere in the muddle, but I don't think I'm as monochromatic as any of the narrators I've adopted. DH: Not really, though it's taken me much longer to write the third novel than it took to write the first two, because what has happened with the Snicket books has been so enormous, and it takes up a lot of time. Advertisement [pagebreak] AVC: How has that lack of free time affected your musical career?

DH: Well, I've never had a musical career. I play the accordion. In terms of thinking of it as a musical career, I think it's sort of like calling yourself an astronaut because you have a shiny suit. I ended up playing with The Magnetic Fields because I met Stephin Merritt—well, I pursued him, really—in order to work on a musical together that we're still at work on. And I had just had the idea for the Lemony Snicket books, and he had just had the idea for 69 Love Songs, and we said, "Well, as soon as we just finish these little projects that we've both thought of individually, we'll work on this group thing," and then both of those projects turned out to be much, much bigger than we thought they would.

So I ended up playing accordion simply because he was trying to get the album finished, and he knew I played the accordion, and if you play the accordion, you're usually the best accordion player anyone knows. But I'm not very good at the accordion. If I played guitar, I wouldn't be on anyone's album. But because I play the accordion and no one else does, I end up doing strange things.

I'm very impressed by your Googling. The Edith Head Trio and another band, Tzamboni, were two bands I was in after college that played at tiny clubs to little acclaim. Our Gypsy tango version of "When Doves Cry" was our biggest hit. Advertisement AVC: When you do public readings, you appear as Daniel Handler, and tell the audience that Lemony Snicket met some kind of horrible fate on the way over.

Do kids generally seem to get the joke, or do you have to deal with weeping children who've just basically been told, "Oh dear, you just missed Santa Claus, and then he got eaten by a bear"? DH: For the most part, it seems that children are quite used to adults standing in front of them, calling for attention, and telling them a complete lie.

So they usually have figured out what the gig is. The problem is actually more with adults. I was once almost forced off the stage at a large chain bookstore that shall remain nameless, because she introduced me as Lemony Snicket, and I immediately interrupted her and said, "Oh no, Lemony Snicket isn't here," and then she tried to cancel the event right then and there.

Advertisement AVC: Did she not get it, or did she just not like the approach? DH: She didn't get it. Upon questioning on another matter, she also was not aware that Canada was a different country from the United States.

Whatever that may say about bookstore managers, she was the most trouble I ever had. And then occasionally there are parents who say, "I brought my child so he or she could learn what the career of a writer is like, and you did this long theatrical performance instead, and I'm very disappointed.

DH: I don't know. I can't imagine why you would want to take your child to see what the career of a writer is like, because it mostly consists of sitting in a room typing, or going to the library and looking something up. Those are not exciting things to watch. They might be exciting things to do, but they're not exciting to observe or hear about.

I'm always puzzled by that. How much of him is you? DH: Well… I'm really somebody pretending to be somebody pretending to be somebody up on that stage.

The more I protest that I'm not Lemony Snicket, and that I'm Daniel Handler instead, the more it becomes clear to the audience that I am in fact Lemony Snicket, that I am in fact standing in front of them. I think there are probably too many layers of interpretation there. Certainly there are too many layers for me to interpret them.

Advertisement AVC: The idea of people pretending to be people pretending to be people comes up in a way during the DVD commentary track for Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, where you play Snicket and director Brad Silberling tries to defend himself from your emphatic dismay over the film.

What was it like recording that commentary? DH: We walked into a room, and they showed us the movie, and we spoke into microphones.

There was pretty much no prep whatsoever. And the director was immediately game, for which I am grateful, because if he hadn't been, I don't know what would have happened. Most people ask if we were intoxicated at the time, and we were not.

Advertisement AVC: As far as you know, did he have any idea what he was getting into? DH: Well, it wasn't the first time we'd met or anything, so I think he was more or less up for it. I'd made pretty clear to the people at Paramount and Dreamworks that, if they wanted Lemony Snicket to comment, he would be completely horrified by the entire film. And as long as they understood that, it was okay.

I'm not much of a fan of DVD commentaries myself, so this was my way of getting revenge, in a sense, for all the puffed-up directors and stars who talk endlessly about the self-aggrandizing minutiae of making a movie. Advertisement AVC: What were your feelings on the movie?

DH: Well, for a while, it seemed like it was going to be the most exciting motion picture ever made, and then there was a huge changing of the guard in which I was more or less fired as a screenwriter, and the producer quit, and the director was either fired or quit, depending on whom you ask.

If you ask him, he says he was fired. So then for a while it looked like it was going to be the worst movie ever made, hopelessly embarrassing, and by the time it was finishing up, I was so grateful that it wasn't the worst movie ever made that I overlooked many things that might have otherwise upset me.

Advertisement AVC: Could you discuss why you were fired as a writer from the movie? Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see how this can lead to terrible trouble.

For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, even though you would have no real evidence that this was so. But when you got out of your bed, you might discover that it has floated out to sea, and now you would be in terrible trouble all because of the incorrect assumption that you'd made. You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning.

Dear Reader, If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives. Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night's sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

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With all due respect, Lemony Snicket Klaus: Maybe I don't know what "cakesniffer" means, but I think I can translate our new school's motto If I'm not mistaken, "Memento Mori" means "Remember you will die". Now, you are. For instance, if you are walking in the mountains, and you don't read the sign that says "Beware of Cliff" because you were busy reading a joke book instead, you may suddenly find yourself walking on air rather than on a sturdy bed of rocks.

If you are baking a pie for your friends, and you read an article entitled "How to Build a Chair" instead of a cookbook, your pie will probably end up tasting like wood and nails instead of like crust and fruity filling.

And if you insist on reading this book instead of something more cheerful, you will most certainly find yourself moaning in despair instead of wriggling with delight, so if you have any sense at all you will put this book down and pick up another one.

I know of a book, for instance, called The Littlest Elf, which tells the story of a teensy-weensy little man who scurries around fairyland having all sorts of adorable adventures, and you can see at once that you should probably read The Littlest Elf and wriggle over the lovely things that happened to this imaginary creature in a made-up place, instead of reading this book and moaning over the terrible things that have happened to the three Baudelaire orphans.

These writers are called journalists, and like telephone operators, butchers, ballerinas, and people who clean up after horses, journalists can sometimes make mistakes.

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If you take an aisle seat, you have the advantage of being able to stretch your legs whenever you like, but you have the disadvantage of people walking by you, and they can accidentally step on your toes or spill something on your clothing.

If you take a window seat, you have the advantage of getting a clear view of the scenery, but you have the disadvantage of watching insects die was they hit the glass. If you take the middle seat, you have neither of these advantages, and you have the added disadvantage of people leaning all over you when they fall asleep. You can see at once why you should always hire a limousine or rent a mule rather than take the bus to your destination.

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If you jump off a cliff, you have a very good chance of experiencing a painful landing unless there is something below you to cushion your fall, such as a body of water or an immense pile of tissue paper. If you jump in front of a moving train, you have a very good chance of experiencing a painful voyage unless you are wearing some sort of train-proof suit.

And if you jump for joy, you have a very good chance of experiencing a painful bump on the head, unless you make sure you are standing someplace with very high ceilings, which joyous people rarely do. Clearly, the solution to anything involving jumping is either to make sure you are jumping to a safe place, or not to jump at all. You can be in a river swarming with angry electric eels, or in a supermarket filled with vicious long-distance runners.

You can be in a hotel that has no room service, or you can be lost in a forest that is slowly filling up with water.

You can be in a hornet's nest or in an abandoned airport or the office of a pediatric surgeon, but one of the most unpleasant things that can happen is to find yourself in a quandary. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion--which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea--you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some bloodthirsty animals, or some parents who are upset and find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself, particularly if the idea comes from a sinister villain.

Very few painters have done portraits of huge clouds of dust or included them in their landscapes or still life.

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Film directors rarely choose huge clouds of dust to play the lead roles in romantic comedies, and as far as my research has shown, a huge cloud of dust has never placed higher than twenty-fifth in a beauty pageant. Soon afterwards, yours ended Lemony Snicket The world 'bubble' is in the dictionary, as is the word 'peacock,' the word 'vacation,' and the words 'the,' 'author's,' 'execution,' 'has,' 'been,' 'cancelled,' which make up a sentence that is always pleasant to hear.

So, if you were to read the dictionary, rather than this book, you could skip the parts about 'nervous' and 'anxious' and read about things that wouldn't keep you up all night, weeping and tearing your hair out. But this book is not a dictionary, and if you were to skip the parts about 'nervous' and 'anxious' you would be skipping the most pleasant parts of the entire story. Nowhere in this book will you find the words 'bubble,' 'peacock,' 'vacation,' or, unfortunately for me, anything about an execution being cancelled.

Lemony Snicket If you were to take a plastic bag and place it inside a large bowl, and then, using a wooden spoon, stir the bag around, you could use the expression 'a mixed bag' to describe what you had in front of you, but you would not be using the expression in the same way I am about to use it now.

As in most of the chapters, Handler here provides one possible definition of love: "[t]his is love, to sit with someone you've known forever in a place you've been meaning to go, and watching as their life happens to them until you stand up and it's time to go.

You don't care about yours. Why should it change, the love you feel, no matter how death goes? After a conversation with a woman named Gladys, who is able to make items appear out of thin air, Lila gets a call to come to the hospital for a transplant , but there is a problem with the ferry; some kind of disaster has occurred which means they cannot cross to the hospital.

The guy working at the booth is called 'Tomas'. In "Frigidly," a pair of detectives comes looking for the Snow Queen Gladys in a diner where Andrea is drinking at the counter. A boy Mike , who had been a student of Helena, is waiting. The story concludes with the man sharing accepting the affection of his guests by sharing a smoothie with them.

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In "Symbolically," an aspiring writer Tomas hooks up with a man Adam who has come to film a potential catastrophe. The next day, the man returns with his girlfriend Eddie. After they have undressed, an apologetic hiker Tomas interrupts them with news of an injured friend Steven. The couple attend to the hiker's needs, leaving their own hanging. The female character Eddie in "Naturally" dates a man who turns out to be a ghost.

When she discovers this, she ends their union. Her ex is called 'Joe'. In "Truly," Daniel Handler explains the game Adverbs: "Someone is It and leaves the room and everyone else decides on an adverb.

It returns and forces people to act out things in the manner of the word, which is another name for the game.