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!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

What Up

I've got a friend coming in from out of town, so I'll be gone for a few hours today. But just so everyone knows what's up, I had a wonderful weekend at the AWP Convention (that's the national convention of university writing programs), which resulted in the following good things: 1.) My ex-major professor encouraged me to send out Travels With Ritalin again--once more, with feeling!--so I now feel like I have two books to sell instead of one; 2.) I was able to meet several editors personally, so now I have pitched articles to The Believer, Creative Nonfiction, and Image, and I have a reason to send stuff out now; 3.) Perhaps most importantly, I reconnected with several wonderful people (Hi, Michelle! Thanks for committing nametag fraud on my behalf!) and found myself transformed simply by being in the same room as all these wonderful tweedy academic types. I watched them all--row upon row of bespectacled people who clearly loved to talk and think, I heard them talking about pedagogy and semesters and independent presses, and my heart swelled, and I thought, "My God! These are my people! How could I have ever left?" So now I'm committed to finding some way to getting back into teaching. It's nice to have a mission.

On a similar note, a wonderful person who works at NYU heard me tell about my reaction to the AWP a few nights ago and said, "Why not send me a c.v. and I'll pass it around?" So I'm doing that as well. I'm so busy! But very happy. Alas, it cuts into the blogging a trifle. But in this particular case, no news is good news. More soon.



OpenID toonhead-npl said...

"My God! These are my people! How could I have ever left?"

Hey, that's our unofficial line in the NPL courtesy of Lunchboy. Don't forget your roots, Mr. Mister.

2/07/2008 2:27 PM  

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