So German children's book author/illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner--who illustrated that Sylvia Plath children's book I mentioned yesterday--was in talks with a US publisher [the not not-edgy Boyds Mills Press] to release her latest series of seasonally themed picture books. If Berner's to be believed, the deal fell through because she refused to redraw a museum scene so there's no bush on the nude painting and no near-microscopic penis on the nude sculpture.
So what does Berner do? In a classic "No, I broke up first!" move, she runs to Spiegel Magazine to proclaim her artistic independence and to mock her suitor's fears of attacks from prudish American activists.
Fine, Germans get to feel smugly superior for a few minutes, while Berner gloats about the book's best-seller status [seriously] in the Faroe Islands. Which is the publishing industry equivalent of touting your half-millimeter penis.