Hey, today is Independent Bookstore Day. Acquire local books! I'll be here at 1pm, making recommendations & signing #IndependentBookstoreDay
Thursday at Eagle Harbor Book Company. Yeah, this was a lot of fun. A wide-ranging discussion with Claire Dederer that boiled over with rude thoughts and inspired notions, in particular a complete trashing of Pink Floyd, a defense of unlikable protagonists, and the repeated usage of the word "vicariosity". Free Rolling Rock tallboys drove the crowd into a near-frenzy. Apparently it gets a little wild on the island. Here I am explaining why I always wear a black shirt but do not, in fact, excel at "Folsom Prison Blues" during karaoke.
Lit Fix was a lot of fun the other night. Thanks especially to Chop Suey and Mia Lipman for organizing and letting me bust out some Motorcycle Love.
Cool review of Welcome Thieves in the Kansas City Star. "...a collection of 12 short stories that revel in philosophy, music and violence to produce images portraying the human struggle with meaning in contemporary life.
The character-driven tales are darkly comedic, filled with...characters so compelling that they are at once savage and powerless, redemptive and sardonic."
Yes, a mere 11 hours from now this is going down at the mighty Chop Suey. I will be reading a story that mentions the Thompson Twins unironically, Black Flag rhetorically, and the Tao of Pooh metaphorically. Really. Snacks and drinks, plus all proceeds go to the Literary Council of Seattle. Dude, these Lit Fix events rock: packed and rowdy and fun. Come and give Mia Lipman a hug.
Well, the tour comes to an end tonight at KGB Bar & Lit Mag in NYC. I'll be reading with Diana Spechler (Skinny, New York Times) and Teddy Wayne (GQ, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine). Plus, Robert Burke Warren (Fleshtones, Perfectly Broken) will be on the turntable and mic. Snow, wind, rain? Man, if you live anywhere from Hialeah to Bangor, you'd be a total Trotsky to miss it. Beware a prose-putsch! Hardliners will be toppled! Also, snacks and soda.