I’m excited for every book promotion event coming up this spring, and for the chance to share the story and its themes with old friends and new faces, but I have to say that this event in Philly is especially meaningful for me. I grew up in and spent half of my life in the suburbs of the city, and even lived for a couple of months in the basement of my friends’ house in the Fairmount section while I saved up enough money for my eventual move up to the Boston area. My family is still there, as are many of my old high school and college classmates and coworkers, as well as all of the musicians and artists and otherwise creative people who I met at jam sessions in studios and house parties and at shows. Every one of them has watched me grow and become who I am over these years, but all with the added bonus of also having seen me at my worst: overly dramatic, intensely cro-magnon browed, stubbornly uncompromising and way over the top-ly passionate about the most ridiculously unimportant things; you know, pretty much the biggest spaz any one had ever seen. It’s not a mistake that this last description was my nickname among some friends in high school, and I completely 100% deserved it. And it’s pretty safe to say that if you didn’t see me laugh hysterically, yell uncontrollably, pout immaturely, preach incessantly, dance maniacally, rock out head bangingly, cry soap-operably, trip out mind blowingly (and not necessarily with any help other than my own insane-in-the-brain) or otherwise run around like a chicken with its head cut off, then you probably didn’t actually know me.
All of them have seen my creative side as well, and heard me talk about this or that other thing that I was doing or going to do; but for once in my life, I’ve finally completely followed through with one of my artistic ideas, and so you can only imagine how happy I am that I get to share it with everyone!
And not just any old thing, but a book, an actual real live, for sale book. A fully fleshed out story (with stories within the stories), filled with characters that they will easily recognize, and still somehow feel that they are just meeting for the first time. A book with all the deeply philosophical and socially critical and politically incorrect posturings that we’ve all shared together. A book about me, but really not about me at all; more like a book about all of us. This story is my attempt to take all of that energy that everyone’s seen all of these years and focus it into one coherent and flowing narrative – and ultimately, to make sense of it all.
And have some fun doing it!
It’s the oldest independent book store in the city of Philadelphia, and its performance space has hosted the best of the best. It’s a veritable literary institution in the city, and the event is taking place there. Just imagine for a second how exciting this is for me, because I can’t really put it into words for you right now…
This is Mike Kennedy:
He’s a bad ass musician and teacher. Don’t believe me? Check out this write-up I did about him on the arts and culture blog that I write for called Zatoon. I wrote that last October, well before I ever considered doing this promotional tour and certainly well before I would ever consider asking him to do an event like this with me. I mean, we grew up in the same town and went to the same schools together, but I haven’t ever seen him in over 25 years – and the man came through regardless. Can you feel the excitement level radiating from me now? It’s off the freaking chart!
This is the flyer for the gig:
Please feel free to pass it along to anyone you like or print it out (it’s a standard 8.5 by 11) and post it up somewhere. I would love to see everyone there – friends from the past, and new faces ready for a good evening’s worth of literary and musical performance. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life, and I hope you come share it with us!