Bourbon Cowboy

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

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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!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

More on the name thing

A few posts ago I recommended a name-tracking website that's full of interesting play possibilities. Type in "Madge" and watch the whole thing tilt to the 1880s! Try "Desmond" or "Jude" and watch these late upstarts soar! Try "Llewellyn" and watch in bafflement as it plunges completely off the lists for one year, then rebounds to its former height, resulting in a very volcano-shaped graph.

But, thanks to NPL colleagues Rick Rubinstein and Eric Albert, I pass on this truly strange one: Type in NEVAEH. (Yes, it's "Heaven" backwards.) And here's the explanation, insofar as one is possible.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some other interesting things discovered at this site: I confirmed that Madison launched as a girl's name in the 1980's (with the movie Splash!), and now is more popular than it ever was as a boy's name. Also, the use of the name Ford fell out of favor in the 1930s, I presume because it became identified with the car manufacturer.

6/25/2006 3:11 AM  
Anonymous Toonhead! said...

I never admitted to anyone that my middle name is Serutan

6/25/2006 1:30 PM  

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