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!

Friday, June 23, 2006

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A colleague of mine from the National Puzzlers League hipped me to this cool site, which tracks the popularity of names, according to U.S. census information, from the 1800s to the present.

Notice that the popularity of "Adolph" falls sharply after the 1940s, and that "Ellis"---my middle name---really was popular in the 1890s, when my grandfather got it as his first name. And also notice---oh, hell; there's a bunch of stuff to notice. (And before anyone asks---on the NPL-folk listserv, it's been established that the popularity of "Mary" as a man's name is likely to be attributable to simple census error; people really do check the wrong box an awful lot of the time.) It's fun. Go play.


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