I wonder who got my book at the Redroom mixer at Tosca on Tuesday? Somebody had to get it. It wasn't there by the time I left. People got to choose the book that they walked out of there with. That kind of bummed me out for some reason. I was kind of hoping that the Redroom staffers would foist my book off on some unwitting fellow Redroomer who would either be horrified by Beer Blood and Cornmeal’s violence and vulgarity or be miffed at how I liberally dole out the split infinitive. Please, don’t ask me why I wanted my book to be picked up by somebody who would hate it. Yes, I have a screw loose but no, I am not seeking help for this.
It was cool to meet so many Redroom authors and staffers the other night. Erika Lutz and Jessica Inclan talked about the sidewalk Cody’s reading. I talked to Redroom editor Jennifer Massoni about the pitfalls of novel writing. In a way writing fiction puts pressure on you to have somebody die. It’s hard to stay grounded and not go for the big dramatic moment. The truth can set you free but it can be so damned boring sometimes. Huntington Sharp was also around. It was good to meet him. I also talked to graphic novelist Matt Siladyand did snag a copy of his book “The Homeless Channel” on the way out of there. Yes, Matt, I’m the one who got your book. I passed up that Ben Fong-Torres book about rock and roll disc jockeys for ya.
Comic book legend and multi Eisner award winner Steve Leialohawas also there drinking Irish coffees. In the 70s, Leialoha worked on this multi part story in Marvel Team-Up (featuring Spider-Man and Shang Chi Master of Kung-Fu) where the evil organization called Hydra tried to assassinate Jimmy Carter. In another Marvel book from the same time, “Marvel Two In One Starring The Thing and Nick Fury,” Hydra brought this cyborg zombie called Deathlok the Demolisher from the future to off Carter (yes, just like “The Terminator” except with Jimmy Carter instead of Sarah Connor). Why was Hydra so hellbent on bumping off Carter?
“I think it was just because he was President,” Leialoha wryly replied.
“But Hydra never tried to off Reagan or Clinton. Just Carter and they went for it twice.”
“You know that is interesting.”
“Yeah, Steve, what are Hydra’s political goals? What motivates them to wear green costumes? Do they want Israel out of Palestine? Did wind power really set them off? Is that what made them so pissed at Carter?”
“I don’t think the writers at Marvel ever got past world domination.”
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