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!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Two Blogging Notes

First, it turns out that my new $200 laptop, while it is wonderful in many respects (it's clean, it's stable, and does both Internet and word processing without any drama), it's a little light in RAM and uses Windows 2000. The surprising result of this is that I can't download iTunes (so I'll be listening to This American Life in the stream from their website), and--more importantly--I can't load the scanning element of my printer. So I can print, but I can't scan, which means no more Bar Napkin Cartoons (except for the photographed kind, perhaps) until I upgrade in a few months.

Second, and more importantly, since I have a book to write, I've noticed that the Internet is killing me with its thousand shiny-object-like distractions. So I'm about to try a new policy: I'll be removing the wi-fi card at night, and I won't be allowed to put it in until I write 2,000 words. This should only take me a day, but it might take two or three sometimes. If I'm strict with myself about this, then there may be a lapse in posting on the site--and a lag in my response to people's emails as well. So take it as a warning. If you don't see an update for a day or so, this may actually be good news. For the book, at least, if not the blog.



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