I just had a podcast interview with Laurie (#1) of Divorcing Daze. It was such a great conversation. Here is the link:
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Just a couple pix from the recent book events in Brooklyn and in Washington DC.
First is from the Brooklyn after party that my friends Jenn and Raul generously hosted. Here I am with fellow illustrator buddies James Yang, Sean Qualls, and Catherine Lazure.
The second photo is from the reading at Olsson's books in Washington DC. My son Gabriel is a better showman then I am!
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The Brooklyn reading went pretty well, and we at least filled up the small space. Some dear friends were in attendance and even a few stragglers off the street, which is always a bit thrilling to me. Afterwards my friends hosted an after party at their Boreum Hill loft. It was very nice... except for a certain parasitic fellow who will remain nameless, who writes a Brooklyn events-emailer and therefore shows up at events basically to talk AT people, spit in their faces, and monopolize them so to prevent them from talking to anyone else they would rather talk to, get a bite or a cocktail, or even use the loo. Someone should plaster posters around Brooklyn with his face "BEWARE OF THIS MAN".
I also had a reading in DC. Gabriel, my 10 year old, decided to spontaneously come up to the dais with me, so this reading felt like we were putting on a variety show. (Sonny and Cher?) Gaby is quite the extrovert and provided excellent comic relief. He read passages (the Henry scenes) from the book with brio, particularly the parts with 4-letter words. (I sorta forgot the text is rated R!) As in Brooklyn, I got one lonely nut-case in attendance who needed to talk and talk and talk. My sweet 12 year old son Raphael took the photos!
Here are a random assortment of images from New York. I particlarly like the barbershop located in the Clark Street subway in Brooklyn. The barbershop looks like it could be in Mexico City or Bombay or Saigon. One of the things I love about NY is how authentic it still is compared to the rest of America, which seems to be dominated by franchises and big-box chains.
The other 2 photos are taken in the very lovely Café Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie in Manhattan where my friend Catherine Lazure and I shared a linzertorte to the detriment of our art-seeing. By the time the torte and our coffee was consumed the museum was shutting it's doors and I didn't get to see the famous Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer that has such a fascinating history.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
People complain about the summer heat in New York, but I love it. To me it's better then wearing a down jacket in July in SF! I took this shot of the skyline from the resevior in Central Park. I was inspired by the hazy and pre-impressionistic paintings I saw at the Turner show at the met. I noticed that Turner generally puts his horizon line parallel to the picture plane about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the canvas. All the pictures in the exhibition were hung so the horizons lines up....
Just arrived in New York for the illustration conference and as it's the Fourth of July, the city is buzzing with tourists. I'm a little nervous, because I am here to promote my book, and if things don't go my way I'll end up drawing caracatures on the street! oy!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Today: the stock market is crashing, the price of oil is way up, and despite the bad economic news, I am having a great day! I survived my book reading last night and contrary to my fears, I really enjoyed the experience. Thankfully a few loyal friends showed up-- however there were many unfamiliar faces in the audience. In future presentations, I think I will flesh out the slide show/reading (one always learns from a new experience) but the Q+A went swimmingly. I found myself feeling a bit like an authority on being dumped (which is not neccessarily the role I want to embody forever). None-the-less makes me feel good if I can offer the example of someone who made lemonaide out of lemons. Everyone loves a good rebound.
Big thanks to Christina my publicist at Chronicle books who "rescued" me (with a well timed question) from the interrogation I was fending off from the man I'll call "Safari Guy". He launched the Q+A with questions such as, "Are you still single? Where did you meet your ex-husband? How old were you when you got married?" Fortunately the other folks in the audience were quite thoughtful and asked me questions about the book, general questions about marriage and separation, but not my personal life.
I'm grateful to Laura Catena, who donated several bottles of Alamos, a beautiful Argentine chardonnay (Catena wines) and Adina who provided the healthy and tasty 'miracle' juice.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I think this cartoon from the New Yorker is rather appropriate, even though I didn't write a diet cookbook. Perhaps I'll include recipes in future posts....
Tonight I'll be speaking at Books Inc., my first ever author-event other then the launch party. Since the publication of the book, so many people have come to me and described what I did (putting all that personal stuff out in the public eye) as "brave". That part really didn't feel brave to me. What's really brave is having to speak in public. I'm rather nervous!
The book was a challenge in that I wasn't sure if I could tell a good, compelling story. It felt brave to be trying to accomplish something new, for I had only been an illustrator, never a writer. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to pull it off, and would therefore have to return the advance with my tail between my legs. The material I present in the book, my story, became somewhat depersonalized as I crafted the actual events into a narration. I don't feel much emotion as I look at the pages other then the artist's cringe at the details that are not "quite right"! My biggest fear in doing the book, was a backlash from "X", but since he isn't nice to me anyway, I decided it was worth the risk that he'd go postal. Part of me, weirdly enough, hoped he'd like it-- because he always appreciated my creative side! (The answer, by the way, is no-- I don't believe he enjoyed the book).