I’m Best-Selling at the Astoria Bookshop!

June 3rd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

I’m #3! I’m #3! I’m #3! Also, today is my birthday so happy birthday to me!

On My Way to Boston

June 1st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I’m having a hard time staying awake on the train to Boston. I think Boston is the last stop so I might be okay if I fell asleep. But I’m not positive. And maybe they don’t sweep the cars for sleeping passengers in any case. We’re in Rhode Island now. I believe I have another hour and a half worth of struggle ahead of me.

Bleeck and Bali doing what I wish I could.

The Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island

May 30th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The drawing below is of the Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. In reality, only the most tame patients would have been allowed outside without restraints. They’d had too may instances in the past where patients kept bolting straight for the East River the first chance they got, occasionally disappearing beneath the dark brown waters before anyone could attempt to save them. Would-be rescuers sometimes died trying.

Nicknamed River Runners, some of these inmates were just trying to get away; the Island of Manhattan was so tantalizingly close. Any decent swimmer unaware of the currents would look across and think, ‘Surely I could make that.’ (No record of anyone from the Asylum having made it could be found, but on rare occasions men from the Penitentiary or Workhouse managed to reach the other shore alive.) Others, who had enough of being brutalized by attendants, or locked inside a crib [a form of restraint] in a dark, windowless room, saw death in the river as an acceptable means of escape.

Blackwell's Island Lunatic Asylum

Why I Can’t Have Nice Things

May 29th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Normally they claw their way up the curtains to reach the plant. But every summer I put a fan in front of my air conditioner to increase the circulation, and I have to put something underneath it so it reaches the vent. A perfect step ladder to destruction for the cats.

That reminds me, someone brought their cat to the ASPCA hospital. It’s name was Lucipur. The perfect cat name.

My Next Two Events

May 28th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I know it seems like it’s all-new-book-all-the-time around here lately. But if I haven’t posted already, you really only have about a month to sell your book. It either takes off or it doesn’t, or it continues to sell modestly, but steadily like my book Imperfect Harmony. Aside from that, or a later stroke of luck, it’s over if it doesn’t take off within a month. A month.

My next event is on June 1, at the Harvard Book Store. 7pm, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Reasons I’m terrified about this one: no one will come because I know so few people in Boston and so few people in Boston know me.

Then I have one on June 6, a talk with New York Times reporter Ginia Bellafante, at the New York Public Library. 6:30pm, Mid-Manhattan branch. Reasons I’m terrified about this one: Ginia Bellafante is very smart and a great writer. If any of her questions have the term “post-modern” in them I’m going to have a panic attack.

The boys. It’s all about getting close to Bleecker, who mostly tolerates them, which is a lot given how completely annoying they can be. They’re always grabbing at his face, biting his tail, some pain in the ass thing. Complete and total jerks, really.