For the first time in a long while, I Googled "Bob Levin," unaccompanied by any book title or other search-narrowing addenda. The results are in and, thanks to Red Room, you are looking at the most clicked upon one-of-me in the world.
The runner up Bob Levin is president of worldwide marketing at MGM. The bronze – showing the lack of depth to the field – goes to an associate real estate broker in New York state. Rounding out the top ten are a partner in a Baltimore law firm, some guy in Facebook whose friends include Samantha Levin and Sara Brodie, a teacher at New Trier H.S., a minister shown on You Tube punching Danny Bonaduce, a blogger about jazz (Could this be the same man who wrote liner notes on albums in the early ‘60s? I got my first agent only because of our mutual moniker), a director of acquisitions for the GAO, and a teacher in the National Writing Project in Sacramento, who’s in on an asterix because he claims he’s actually a "LeVin," which reminds me of the girl from the Main Line who, senior year of high school, on our first date, introduced me like that to her parents. I don’t think they were fooled.
Notable absences include the Virginia Bob Levin, whose overdue library books I get e-mails about, the Canadian newspaper editor Bob Levin, who, adding to the confusion, is also an ex-Philadelphian, and the Berkeley acupuncturist (actually a "Bob Levine") whose phone calls I regularly receive. ("Hi, Bob," a young woman always breathlessly intones, "this is Dawn – or "Heather," or "Cat." We met at Esalen, and I want another session." I get very excited until I remember I haven’t been to Esalen since 1968.)
And what about Bob Levin, the classical pianist. I know about him because, after my last book came out to silence in any city large enough for major league baseball, a thoughtful – okay, a sensitivity-challenged, pain-in-the-ass – friend sent me the Times review of his latest concert. "See," he said, "you’re not even the most famous Bob Levin."
Does that ivory-tinkling sonofabitch think he’s too good for Google?
Causes Bob Levin Supports
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, PEN, Berkeley Emergency Food & Housing Project.