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, April 17, 2008


A bunch of things conspired to prevent me from blogging the last few days. My free computer turned out to be too primitive to write transferrable files in. So I bought a replacement computer, and its Internet capabilities stalled. Then I had a couple of other things--like a trip into Brooklyn, which is so far away from Jersey City now that there and back is close to two hours before you even do anything.

Mostly, though, the problem is that I have a lot of writing to do, on a deadline, and I've been sort of figuring out how the routine is going to work. When I'm up in the Berkshires, with no New York City around and very little night life, it'll be a no-brainer: wake up, write, sleep, repeat for two months. But until the end of April, I'm distracted by other things and I'm trying different recipes: work out, shower, then write, or write first thing and try to remember to shower? Eat before exercising, and if so how much and how long before the exercise? Is it safe to watch TV? Check my email? And so on. As long-term readers know, when I have an assignment or I'm trying to work on a book, I have a hard time justifying doing anything fun when I could be writing for money. Blogging is one more thing I'm trying to figure out how to make time for.

For the moment, however, I think I've figured everything out, and I'll be okay, so you can expect to hear stuff from me on a more regular basis. Sorry for the hiatus. It was wholly involuntary.



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