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!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's Official: I Am a Regular Contributor to This American Life

I just got word that one of my latest pitches has passed muster and will be run on "This American Life." As silly as it may sound, this changes everything. When I had three credits--one of them an interview segment that I was ancillary to and didn't get paid for--it was hard to think of myself as a "This American Life" contributor, and I always felt a little cheesy and liarly putting it on storytelling bios--and, yes, even on this website. Now I feel like it wasn't a fluke, and this is really happening. Thanks, TAL! You've made me extremely happy! Now for my next plan: teaching a "How to Pitch to This American Life" class at MediaBistro.

Oh--since you'll want to know, the piece that got accepted is a modified, interview-y version of this post from an entire Halloween ago (I'll try not to spoil the ending if you haven't read it). It's been accepted for an upcoming show whose theme is "Mistakes Were Made." And bear in mind that just because a piece has been accepted doesn't mean it won't turn out to be unusable, or that they won't scrap the entire theme. (That happened with another pitch I made; it's sad.) But for now, I assume the show is on, and that's as much as I know.



Blogger Briallen said...


2/26/2008 10:55 PM  
Blogger Jason Rohrblogger said...

Congratulations, Dave!

2/26/2008 11:38 PM  
Blogger Chad E Burns said...

congrats Dave!

Post your "How To" class on the blog too! :)

2/27/2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger TeaBag said...

Congratulations! Great news!

2/27/2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG how did I almost miss this bit of news? Congratulations!!! :)

2/27/2008 6:44 PM  

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