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!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Now THAT'S One Lucky Meme!

I saw a potentially interesting meme on Andrew Sullivan's blog the other day: take the book nearest you, go to page 123, and read the fifth sentence. That's all.

In a way, it's a classically terrible meme: unless you're reading someone who simply glitters on every page (G.K. Chesterton, maybe), you're running a terrible terrible risk. On the other hand, it's not particularly onerous, it's over quickly, and you can tell right away whether or not you've got a winner. So I figured, what the hell.

I don't have any actual good books with me at work: I simply collect (for no particularly good reason other than that it's free) piles and piles--literally--of bad fantasy and sci-fi literature. So I just grabbed the nearest book, one which I assume no one has or will ever hear of. The book is American Meat, by Stuart Moore (London: Black Flame/Games Workshop Limited, 2005). And, for context, it looks like a role-playing-game-inspired, post-apocalyptic take on The Jungle, or else a gothy, cyberpunk retread of Soylent Green. And here is the surprisingly wonderful fifth sentence on page 123:

[drumroll....]

"Of COURSE I saw the monkey!"

I vote we stop the meme right there. How could it possibly improve?

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Blogger Jas P. said...

From "Welcome to Jesusland," p. 123, sentence 5 (I think -- the sentences are very long and complicated and I'm shitty at counting)...

"It is best to rid yourself of the family albatross now before you have to go to the time-consuming trouble of killing them."

Hi, Dave! Jas P. Howard here. I'm putting a link to Bourbon Cowboy into the sidebar of Spulge Nine sometime today. I have no time for blogging, and only backed into it to prove to Hallmark that the Writers On Tour program could be extended via blogs. Haven't offered any proof yet, but it's been mildly entertaining.

Good to read you...

1/11/2007 11:21 AM  

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