Today is my birthday. I'm going to have very good pancakes then go see Henri Carter Bresson photographs then eat a spectacular meal then see some spectacular theater. I'm very happy to be alive. My golf swing is rounding into shape, summer has finally arrived, the garden is almost planted, and Olive flourishes. And we finally got to the top of the mountain of our new tome, The Essential Guide to Publishing a Book. The book is now in the hands of our most excellent copy editor at Workman. It was a long excruciating climb through massive blizzards temperature plummeting below zero no sleep migraine clusterfuck headaches and the closer we got to the top the less oxygen there was we were hallucinating delirious glass-eyed pop-eyed pie-eyed. And of course we were hauling a 2 ½ year-old with us. But luckily, we have an incredible team at Workman, and we are planning a spectacular tour of these great United States in the fall, spreading the word far and wide that this is the greatest time in history to be a writer.
The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatic's Guide kicked off, and the team has had a very bright beginning. Lots of thrusting offense, some valiant defending, and massive amounts of daily grinding. My partner in crime, San Francisco literary legend Alan Black, has been hacking and slashing all over the soccer blogosphere and set up a bunch of events in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, in my hometown of Montclair, New Jersey, at my much cherished local book emporium Watchung Bookstore, we had a rocking soccer event. And here's the beauty of both my new hometown and doing events at your local independent bookstore. I just happened to run into an expatriate Englishman who was purchasing a book. Turns out he works for Reuters, the international news service. Turns out he was looking for an American perspective on the World Cup. I sent him a piece. He told me I needed to dial it back approximately 42%. I did. It's going global tomorrow. We also had a piece of Arielle-related good fortune. She hooked us up with National Public Radio's Weekend Edition. They asked us if we would like to be interviewed about the World Cup. We said yes. So on Thursday, through the miracle of modern technology, we will be interviewed from Washington DC, with Alan in Berkeley, Ca, and myself in Montclair, NJ. I also put up a series of video predictions for the World Cup which are extremely fanatical.
The response has been amazing. I've been called everything from a fag to a genius, and I've made a new friend from Uruguay Yet another reason to love the beautiful game. So we're going to San Francisco to do a bunch of soccer events. The big day is June 6. Three events, from NPR the Embarcadero to Borders at Union Square and the world-famous Edinburgh Castle. I'm wicked psyched.
Thursday, June 3, 7 PM, Green Apples Books, 506 Clement St., San Francisco (I will not be at this event)
Saturday, June 5, 10 AM, NPR's West Coast Live, Ferry Building, Embarcadero, SF
Saturday, June 5, 3 PM, Borders Books, 400 Post St., SF: http://bit.ly/bkTDrl
Saturday, June 5, 8 PM, Edinburgh Castle Pub, 950 Geary St., SF: http://bit.ly/9nF45r (A goal will be built, come down & take your best shot and try to beat yours truly, manning the goal and talking smack)
The Glorious World Cup: http://bit.ly/ahXLPi
Huffington Post piece: American Manhood from Mickey Mantle to Landon Manchild Donovan, and Why America Can When the World Cup: http://huff.to/c4OEri
Digital Sports Daily piece: http://bit.ly/cd9IE8
BEA pictures: http://bit.ly/ansbev
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