Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Best. Segue. Ever.

I was watching 1935's Manhattan Melodrama a few moments ago, and I just saw something so cool I must share. The movie's a standard story about two kids who grow up together and then wind up on opposite sides of the law. (Played in adult form by Clark Gable and William Powell.) After the standard opening scene there comes the inevitable time-passes scene with the dates flashing past: 1907 . . . 1908 . . . 1909 . . . on up to 1920. Then, once "1920" stops to let you know that's the present year of the action we cut to . . . The 19 and 20 on a roulette wheel in Gable's gambling establishment! I'll be happy for a week on that.

And just a trivia reminder: Manhattan Melodrama was the movie that John Dillinger was leaving when he got gunned down on the street. It's only appropriate---apparently the gangster dies at the end of the movie as well.


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