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We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

greglindsay.jpgWe saw the announcement in yesterday’s Publishers Weekly about mediabistro.com contributor Greg Lindsay landing a book deal with Farrar Straus Giroux for co-authoring Aerotropolis, a book about a “combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility and business hub” that’s popping up all over the world. The other author is business professor John Kasarda, who coined the term—which was popularized (or at least introduced to mainstream America) in Lindsay’s Fast Company profile of Kasarda last summer.

So, I asked him, considering that his research included three weeks flying around the world without ever leaving the airports, did he really want to hit the road again for an author tour? Lindsay revealed that his original book proposal called for a two-week tour of nothing but airports, with stops at JFK, Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Francisco International, Denver International, Houston George H. W. Bush, Washington Reagan and Dulles, Boston Logan, and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson. “It’s not like I have much of a choice,” he elaborated. “That’s where the most hard-core segment of the book’s audience lives 300+ days a year.”

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