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!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Cliff Notes Get Worse

Appalling DVD product at Virgin Music Store, Union Square. The next time I teach literature, I will only assign books that haven't been made into movies. Oy.



Blogger Judith said...

Actually, an English professor at Washington & Jefferson College conducted a bit of an experiment with her classes in that she had one group read Jane Austen's "Sense & Sensibility" then see the film and the other group saw the film first and then read the book. The result was that those who saw the film first and then read the book had a greater understanding and comprehension of the story that those who read the book first. It's documented in their quarterly publication "Topic" (issue #48); the article is "Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility as Gateway to Austen's Novel: A Pedagogical Experiment" by M. Casey Diana.

I expect it has a lot to do with most people being more visual learners over all (perhaps as a result of watching television?). Besides, one valuable topic of discussion is how the film and the book differed (because you can't put every minute aspect of a book into a film) and why.

10/05/2008 12:42 PM  

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