Thursday, February 02, 2006

Odds and Sods for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Yeah, so tomorrow night I'll be in New York at the above reading and I'm so psyched! I was actually planning on attending the Opium gala on Saturday night but Ellen e-mailed me that she was going solo to the Friday night event and taking the train from Long Island into Penn Station and did I want to meet her there? Ha, yep, no arm twisting needed for that, and I'm a huge fan of Jim Ruland. He once wrote a story about a cook in the Navy who was so excited by the prospect of a warm roast beef in the oven that he had no choice but to, well, fuck it before slicing it down and serving it to his comrades. I laughed my ass off when I read it so I'm excited to meet Jim -- he's also a member of Zoetrope so we "know" each other. Ellen tells me that Sam Lipsyte is equally hilarious; she just read his book and when Ellen recommends something, I listen.

So that should be very cool and like I said, 2006 is already proving to be very interesting.

Yikes...hang on. I may stay overnight in New York for the Saturday evening gala after all. Lou Reed is doing a book signing (photography book) at Hermes, 691 Madison Avenue on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Hey, I just found out Three Days in New York City placed number #11 in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, Best Mainstream Novel 2005 (published by an independent press, of course).

Err...mainstream? Okayyyyy....

I'm really glad I'm all alone at the moment. You wouldn't have wanted to witness the spectacle of what I did when I got the news a few minutes ago. Let's just say chest pounding was involved. With both fists. And some weird Tarzan like primal screams I didn't know I could make.

Okay, let me slip this announcement in here. Eric has two huge auditions - one tonight, one next week. That's all I am allowed to say at this point. Of course auditions are auditions so even if they go really well it may be a while before anything happens...but maybe tomorrow morning I'll be able to spill a little of what went on this evening before I leave for New York in the afternoon.

In unrelated news, Eric, C.J. Tywoniak, Louis Graff, and Max DiMezza are performing Elephant Talk and Indiscipline for Adrian Belew on Tuesday night. If you follow the link on Adrian's site, you'll see that he's doing a series of concerts and workshops for Rock School kids next week, and since Eric, Louie, and Max are graduates and Rock School Hall of Famers, they're going to play for him in sort of a showcase.

Sob...I'm not invited. Though given my recent behavior around celebrities, it's probably best I stay home. (Now, now...I am over the Gaiman incident finally and besides, I've already met Adrian Belew but the truth is, this is an intimate gathering of Adrian and the Rock School grads and I don't want to stand there like some overbearing stage mother, anyway, god forbid. Though trust me, I am not a stage mother, just a proud one.)

Anyway, Eric is performing for Belew at 5:00 p.m.; immediately after that I have to whisk him to New York for his show with his band, Flamingo, at the Knitting Factory...he doesn't go on until 10:00 p.m.

It's funny how my New York trips always go in spurts. Tomorrow, Tuesday, and then...? Ha ha - someone call me. I'm available.

For a reading, for a reading.