An Open Apology


To Whoever This May Concern:

I apologize for stealing your Sharpie® during my current book tour. As you can see, I couldn’t help it.

It started with the one I borrowed when booksigning in Virginia. But somewhere between there, and San Francisco, my obsession went horribly wrong.

But you see, we don’t get Sharpies® in France. And I just couldn’t resist yours.

Your Sharpie® was so new and so very alluring with that perfectly tapered ink-filled tip.

So round.
So firm.
So plump.

Yes, I kept promising myself, “David…make this the last one!”

But one thing led to another. And another Sharpie® found its way into my pocket.

Then another.

But I will make sure that your Sharpie® has a nice, cozy, and safe place in Paris.
I apologize for an inconvenience this may have caused you.

Thank you for your understanding.

Yours truly,

David Lebovitz

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  • Alisa
    December 15, 2005 3:41am

    Sharpies & Mexican Food!!! :)

  • December 15, 2005 9:39am

    Sharpies are addictive even when they’re readily available at one’s neighborhood Office Max.

  • ben213us
    December 15, 2005 9:47am

    whats the attraction of sharpies? ive never heard of them? arent there lots of these type of markers around? what makes sharpies special?

  • Gail
    December 15, 2005 11:25am

    Have you seen the mini-sharpies and the neon-rainbow ones? I’ve even seen ones attached to a key ring.

  • December 15, 2005 12:00pm

    Ben: If you’ve never had the pleasure of using a freshly-opened Sharpie, you’re missing out one of life’s great pleasures…

    The smooth tip!
    The glossy black ink!
    The semi-wide swatch it creates across the page!
    Ahh, bliss…

    Gail: Yes, I’ve seen those Sharpies (and even a brown one intended for covering scratches in wood furniture). I love the keychains, but I’d be afraid they would come uncapped in my pocket

  • December 15, 2005 1:33pm

    next time you need fresh supply, let me know and i’ll post one over from dublin! ;)

  • December 15, 2005 4:46pm

    So does that mean you have a Sharpie in your pocket? I was out buying wine with a friend for a party we were headed to and she asked if I had a sharpie. I looked at her and laughed out loud-who carries Sharpies around!? I guess more people than I thought: )

  • Joanne B.
    December 15, 2005 7:25pm

    Apparently not the French.
    Sacré Bleu! Est-il que les Français écrivent avec une plume? Ma Foi!

  • Deborah
    December 16, 2005 10:36am

    Have you seen the Sharpies RT yet? RT stands for retractable tip. They click open and shut like a ball point pen so that you never have to worry about losing the cap. They are very cool.

  • December 21, 2005 6:30am

    What a funny post! My husband is always stealing pens. At first, I thought he did it by accident. However, many pens later I realized it was not only on purpose but he was quite happy when he snagged a really good one!

  • nancy
    January 5, 2006 3:58pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation at Sur La Table in Los Gatos. You are truly a warm, kind and funny (in a good way) man.

  • January 9, 2006 9:06pm

    I only just realised you are famous.
    No wonder. That explains everything to me.
    I was kind of confused before.

  • Jen-
    February 21, 2010 9:51pm

    My two sons find delight in watching me nearly skip into office supply stores on those occasional days that we “need” something.

    So I absolutely know the feeling you are describing with the opening of a new Sharpie *insertCircleR*. I get a ‘high’ with certain supplies I seem to “NEED” from such said stores.

    Btw, do they have office supply stores in Paris? I’d love to visit….but alas I’m busy running a business, raising two awesome human beings, (three if you count my husband), training two beagles, homeschooling two future Nobel Peace Prize nominees, training them to cook so they don’t need to marry the first THING that comes along….lalalala…

    I covet your Paris-ic life everytime I ‘lurk’ in your blog. *sigh* Someday. When I’m done assuring the future of the planet earth with my awesome humans. lol.

  • suyin
    February 27, 2010 2:42pm

    so, I carry about 4 sharpies with me all the time – don’t ask.
    but imagine my surprise when I saw THREE sitting in a pen-cup on my bosses desk in PARIS in the heart of the MARAIS! Where the heck did they come from, I asked most politely (barely able to contain my eyeballs in my sockets). I believe she told me the monoprix. Biggest mensonge i ever heard – but she did say in Paris somewhere. Oh yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel.