March 16, 2005

It's my blog, and I'll talk more about myself if I want to

I'm sorry, I know all I do nowadays is talk about my book. (Well, and draw cartoons.) Well, get ready for more, as I talk about last night's reading.

It went great! We had about 35-40 people in the audience, at least a quarter of which I did not know personally. The songs went over very well indeed, and as far as I know, Borders did not receive any complaints about "Up on Islam". (Apparently, after my Barnes and Noble reading/performance, some customers who weren't actually attending the reading but were within earshot were concerned that I was being disrespectful of Islam in that song. Now, as everyone here is probably well aware, I'll make fun of any religion [except Santeria, because those people will fuck you up], but the song's not so much about Islam per se as about reacting to the specter of terrorism. No, really, it's a comedy song, I swear!)

A bunch of people have asked me if I have any more readings coming up, and I do, just not in the New York area. I'll be one of the readers in the Mirth on the Mall series at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. on April 21...a date on which I believe almost everyone in the area that I was hoping to visit will be out of town. Maybe I can sucker Travis into going out drinking with me.

Posted by Francis at 12:36 PM | TrackBack

>[except Santeria, because those people will fuck you up]

That's too bad, I was really looking forward to "I'll Just Lithophane Santeria" by Saint Julian the Hospitaller (patron saint of minstrels).

Posted by: Scott at March 16, 2005 12:56 PM

Not to mention "O! Vodoo." (But that's alright in this case, because it's really a pretty terrible anagram.)

Posted by: Billy Joel at March 16, 2005 08:22 PM

What is that, a Thursday? Two days before Passover? Dang. I was thinking I could possibly just manage to arrange it so I could drive up, but it's really a lousy time. Can I ask, though, why the only thing missing is U? Will y'all be conversing and reading through the evening without using the letter U? That'll make "Up on Islam" tricky.
As for the other, what about Dashiell Hammett's fine story "Hasid met ham, tell"?

Posted by: Vardibidian at March 17, 2005 11:12 AM
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