I was recently a guest on this podcast, Notebook On Cities and Culture. It was a lot of fun to talk about so many different things, from Portland crime, Portlandia, publishing, writing, favorite writers, and more. Take a listen.
And then I was interviewed on the Believer blog with Bryan Coffelt!
But wait–I also wanted to show you this video of me reading at the Hugo House Reading Series a year ago. This was one of the funnest readings I’ve ever done (I’m around the 34-minute mark) and the story I read is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written and will hopefully turn into a novel someday (if I have my way with it). Also–Sherman Alexie!!
In other news, I got some boxes of the newest Future Tense release, Monogamy Songs by Gregory Sherl. It’s officially out in January but I gotta show this baby off now. Future Tense really killed it this year. That’s right–I said it!
That’s about all for now. Thanks for listening, watching, reading, doing, making, living…
Earlier this year I set up a reading for three great poets–Emily Kendal Frey, Evelyn Hampton, and Bryan Coffelt. I made a special effort to write funny intros for each person (they were recently published at Lamination Colony!).
It was a beautiful time at Ampersand in Northeast Portland. And look: there’s video to prove it.
Thanks to Bryan and B. Frayn for the camera help and the uploading.
I just got back from a great four readings in four nights trip to the East Coast. I’ll be posting some photos from these nights–all great fun and very special–very soon, thanks to my lovely camera-ready fiance.
I was lucky to read with the fabulous Justin Taylor at the first three of these: Harvard Bookstore in Boston, In the Flesh reading in New York (see above video!!), and Word Bookstore in Brooklyn. I wrapped up my journeys with an outstanding night in Baltimore, at Michael Kimball’s 510 Reading Series.
Some other highlights from the trip:
Having a cool hotel room right next to HarperCollins in Manhattan and discovering a place called Crumbs just around the corner.
Getting interviewed for an upcoming episode of The Bat Segundo Show!
Filming the first episode of Culinary Genius with Publishing Genius’s Adam Robinson in his tiny Baltimore kitchen. I think it will turn out chaotic, hilarious, and hopefully entertaining.
Getting lost on the trains in Boston, which is a really cool city.
Getting a super sweet 5-star review in Time Out New York.
Doing backflips on hotel beds while Frayn rates my style and technique.
This coming weekend–Chicago and Ann Arbor!
And photos real soon.
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Last night was one of those nights that seemed too good to be true. I had my first reading from ACP in front of around 200 people at Powell’s. My dear friend, Frances Miller, started it off with a killer intro that left me teary-eyed and barely able to begin. But I turned down the lights and read eight short parts of the book while doing a slide show. I choked up again while reading a chapter about my brother. Then after the Q&A, I invited Barb to come up and stand next to me while I tried to hold it together for the grand finale. Of course, it was futile. The tears came as I got on my knee and asked her to marry me. I was pretty much lost in that moment right then but I heard later (from reliable sources) that Barb and I weren’t the only ones crying.
After the reading there was a great after-party at Blitz (getting engaged means free drinks I found out) and I was able to visit with more friends while Barb showed off her fake-bling ring. We’ll be shopping for the real thing soon.
Thanks again to everyone who came out for this special night.
(photos by Jonathan Selwood)
And look–now there’s video (Thanks, MD)
Yesterday, on the first day of my memoir’s shelf life, my beautiful girlfriend, Frayn Masters (I call her Barb) presented me with an incredibly awesome gift. She snuck around under the cloak of darkness (and the Internet) and asked a bunch of our friends to give recorded and written huzzahs for A Common Pornography. He is the epic and sweet (and sometimes ridiculous) result! Thanks to everyone (names below) who sent their love. Right back at ya!
In order of appearance: Zachary Schomburg & Emily Kendal Frey, Steve Almond, Davy Rothbart, Brandon Freels, Dan Kennedy, Mary Van Note, Sean Wilsey, Stephen Kurowski, Jeffrey Yamaguchi, Eric Spitznagel, Magdalen Powers, Beth Lisick, Blake Nelson, Frances Miller & Mycal Quaempts, Chelsea Martin, Claudia Smith, Hayley Barker, Andrew Monko, Matt Sampsell, Chris Ballew & Kate Endle, Melissa Lion & Archer, Gigi Little, Bob Gaulke, Chris Faatz, Bryan Coffelt, Reuben Nisenfeld, and (Barb)Frayn Masters.
My book is now out! And if you’re shy about putting money down on a book with the word pornography on the cover, fear not: I have thought of some crafty ways to protect your chaste reputation. Enjoy these helpful tips, my fair reader!