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!