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!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Poem: To a Wonderful Host (Dave Classic, 1995 Vintage)

I was writing about Hallmark to a friend of mine this weekend, and it occurred to me that there's a poem I wrote that almost no one has ever seen. It was part of my audition for Hallmark, to show what I could do, and I decided to go a little crazy with the rhyme scheme. So here's the poem, which (modesty be damned) helped me get the card-writing job so many years ago, and which I'm reassembling from memory:


Your friendly hospitality's
A thing to put a pal at ease!
You throw off ostentatiousness
And jettison formalities!

With customary graciousness
And generous audaciousness
You share, devoid of vanity,
Your dwelling-place's spaciousness!

So, fighting off inanity,
And calming guests' insanity,
Your kindly hospitality's
A model for humanity!



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