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, November 02, 2007

Hooray for Tri-State HopStop!

I just noticed: it looks like HopStop--the how-to-get-there subway site that I can never do without--is looking to expand its coverage to include New Jersey, parts of MetroNorth (including Connecticut and Philly) and--less interestingly--Long Island. They're in beta test right now. Woo-hoo!

The biggest problem for me when shopping for apartments is that although there are many inexpensive apartments in New Jersey and northern New York cities, it's impossible for me to judge how far they are from my work. When the same thing happens in Queens and Brooklyn, I find the apartment's address, plug it into HopStop, and get a sense of my commute. Until now, that has never been possible for New Jersey or anywhere outside of greater New York. Fortunately, HopStop apparently realized how silly this was, since the city is only part of the tri-state area, and we all need to get around the entire place. So NOW (or at least very soon) I can finally put New Jersey on my shopping list, next time it becomes necessary.

And, of course, visit my New Jersey friends, if I make some.


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