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, May 26, 2008

Hallelujah, and also Dammit.

I was all set to write an essay about Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"--which I first encountered in John Cole's version on the Cohen tribute album I'm Your Fan, and which has been appearing in a few threads on Sullivan's blog. But today Andrew Sullivan led me to this absolutely wonderful essay that goes into far more detail and analysis than I could have. (And, like me, the author dislikes Jeff Buckley's version. I'll go further: I really love Cohen's original last two lyrics, which no modern version preserves.) So if you know the song at all, go read this essay. It's a beautiful example of what cultural criticism can do. (Admittedly, it's long. But I think it's worth it.)

I just got back today from the hotel, and discovered that the country house I've returned to has a new flaw: the Internet no longer connects. I don't know why. But this means that posting will be more sporadic until I get this fixed. Story of my life, dammit.

P.S. For a MUCH shorter article, check out the new website Is Barack Obama I assume it's going to regularly expand over the course of the campaign, much like Things Younger Than



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