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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


So I am reading this Saturday at Ed Ivey's place, Mason Social House*.  At my own event, Lip Service West.  But before you accuse me of hubris (guilty!), you should know that I have to. One of the readers I was planning on has a scheduling conflict, and so I'll bravely step in and fill the slot.  Question is, what to read?

Lip Service West is short, "gritty, real, raw" true stories.  Got plenty of those.  But I'm also kinda sick of reading from the memoir (however brilliant it may be).  I don't want to be Rick Springfield playing "Jessie's Girl" when I'm 50.  Since what I've been working on lately has been the early stages of a new memoir, one that doesn't focus so hard core on the drugs, I figure that's where I'll go.  And since the memoir is mostly being fashioned from this blog, I plan on reworking a blog post for the reading.


I'm thinking of going with "Another Rocky Sequel," 'cause Justine likes it, and it's a little different, and I talk about my kid, and no one can give me shit for reading about my kid, especially when it's not a cutesy story.  Which we don't allow at LSW, and for which I'd have to kick my own ass.

But I am open to ideas.

So to my fans out there (Sean, Esther, Shawn, Jimmy, Duane, et al), just wondering if any of these pieces grab you.

(And, no, I can't read "Vampire Love," Jess.)


* Also on the bill: Tom Pitts, Greg Kim, and Harmon Leon, all TERRIFIC writers. So if you live in the SF Bay Area (or really continental United States and aren't a pussy afraid of adventure), you should be there this Saturday, April 2nd, 7pm, Mason Social House, 50 Mason, SF.  The event is FREE.  Everyone is super cool. And there will be enough free hot dogs to fill an arc.  Oh, for the encore?  SPAD head honcho Idan "the Machine" Levin, a pit of Jell-O, and three words: Israeli Belly Dance!


At March 30, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Sean said...

Another Rocky sequel definitely. I loved it. I think it will resonate with the crowd.

At March 30, 2011 at 10:32 AM , Blogger DSobczak said...

Well since this is the first post that you actually used my name and I wasn't the old highschool classmate on Facebook, I'd have to go with this post.

All kidding aside though, I do like Another Rocky Sequel quite a bit. I also like Old Lange Syne, not because of the above mentioned reference, but more for the fact that you had the balls to admit a Dan Folgelberg song actually brings you to tears.

If I had to pick just one though, I would go with The Morning Shift. I probably can't put it into words that well, but it struck a chord with me. This despite that fact that I had a completely differnt relationship with my Dad than you had with your father.

You also talk about your son in the post too, so that works well. So my vote would go to that one.

On a different topic, while scanning through the old posts about Berlin, in one you mention the .99 cent theater and Friendly's.

I am not trying to be pedantic, but if memory serves wasn't there something called the Farm Shoppe before it was a Friendly's. I think that was the name but I can't recall. I just remember before I could drive, I would go to the movies then walk down there for something to eat before my parents picked me up. It was more Heather's comment that got me thinking about it, because I think explaining the Farm Shoppe would be much more difficult than explaining Friendly's on your resume.

At March 30, 2011 at 7:44 PM , Blogger JCase said...

Don't talk about anything from here, do some improv, talk about snowballing cars or something. Oh, wait, that WAS on here already, huh....

At March 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Joe Clifford said...

Yeah, Duane, the Farm Shop. "I'll have some french fries and...a water." Every waitresses dream...


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