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!

Monday, September 10, 2007

This American Life!

My segment just appeared on This American Life this past week in the episode "Battling Demons." (I'm way at the end, in the last eight minutes.) So in case people are Googling me, I felt like they ought to at least have a fresh post to read and/or comment on.

But the fact is that, for the moment anyway, I've essentially stopped blogging. Not because I don't enjoy it--I love blogging a lot--but because I felt like it was taking time and energy away from getting an agent, which is allegedly why I moved to New York in the first place. So at the moment I'm spending all my time reading, and writing, and generally preparing my book(s) for presentation. When this is finally accomplished, you can be sure I'll be crowing to the skies on this here blog. And of course, if I come up with any new poems in the meantime, this would seem to be the place to put them. I ran across a new potential Vocabulary Poem ("NOCTUARY, n. a journal of events that occur at night") and the 70th anniversary of Spam probably merits poetic commemoration... But in the meantime, and with my 39th birthday looming on October 3rd, getting this major life goal accomplished is obviously prominent in my mind.

Also, I guess I should mention that I've got another story in the works for later this year on This American Life, and for once it's not about religion. You'll see; I don't want to jinx it.



Blogger Julie said...

I can't believe it. I heard the end of the "This American Life" piece so I was googling you and your book. I looked at this blog, then while I was surfing for more info. you wrote this. Anywho, please keep us informed on your book. I want to read it asap.

9/10/2007 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Jim Baxter said...

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9/11/2007 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Great story segment. I could relate a bit and it made me laugh. Good luck with your writing!

9/11/2007 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Just caught your segment on TAL. I thought it was very well done. I was especially gripped by this (paraphrased) line: "you can't make yourself believe something when the doubts seem more powerful."

9/12/2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger Cowboy Dave Dickerson said...

Hey, Jim Baxter. I didn't have anything against what you said, but your comment was REALLY long, so I cut it. Sorry.

9/13/2007 2:32 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I just finished the TAL episode. Your segment was great and rings true of experiences that I've had. Great job. Keep it coming!

9/14/2007 3:14 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love TAL & I love your story on it. It sounds totally like stuff I grew up believing! Ha! Thanks for a laugh at all the silly fear that was put into us! :)

9/14/2007 8:36 PM  
Blogger kj jaramillo said...

Thank you for your honesty in telling this story. I truly believe you will find what you are seeking.

9/15/2007 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am eagerly awaiting your book. I thought your TAL piece on sex was great, but this past one was truly priceless. I was raised evangelical/pentecostal. I had a cousin whose great grandmother claimed to have been raped by Satan or a demon. I know the fear that the God I grew up with would come back to wreak havoc on my arrogant logic and intelligent analysis.
Keep speaking up and speaking out--whether you know it or not, you are having a great impact in speaking truth--I for one, no longer feel alone or crazy--I now see it is not just me and my "high falutin' eductaion" as my mother puts it; but the culture of religion itslef.

thanks, I cannot wait to read your book!


9/17/2007 1:24 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Just heard your TAL "demons" story from the TAL archive. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it and give you a pat on the back for your efforts. Keep up the good work, hang in there and best of luck getting published.


4/07/2008 10:20 AM  

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