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!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

What My Unconscious Mind Considers Good Stockbroking Advice, According to a Dream I Just Had Where I Was a Stockbroker Getting Advice

"Keep selling those things."

"Low and high. Always remember that."

"Never forget: the more you sell, the more you maintain."

Of course, maybe when I dreamed I was a stockbroker, my brain was actually generating a Brechtian satire of corporate culture. If so, it worked. The fourth thing my supervisor said was, "Keep up this volume level, and we'll give you a reward." And then he pulled out of his desktop a medal: a red-white-and-blue ribbon attached to an honest-to-god brass sheriff's star with a ruby in the center. That's when I woke up. Who needs an alarm clock when you've got this much implausibility?



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