show tunes

Am I the last one the know that Ashford and Simpson are making a musical from E. Lynn Harris’s novel, Invisible Life? I really can’t imagine it.

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Mutual Admiration Society

I am so flattered.

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Can They DO That???

I went to Chapters to see Claire Messud read to a SRO crowd. Her new novel, Empire’s Children is buzzing like my teenaged cousin’s cell phone. I bought the book, but I haven’t read it yet. (Review to come.) But the post of this post are the book covers you see here. The first is the cover of Claire Messud’s novel, The Last Life. The second is Lee Smith’s The Last Girls. I had no idea that your bookcover could be hijacked like that! (As if writers don’t already have enough to be paranoid, territorial and competitive about.)

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a born writer?

Lauren Cerand interviews Hazel Rowley:

No, one is not born a writer. We can’t write when we are born. We can’t read. One of the wonderful things about being a writer is that unlike most professions, you often get better at it as you get older. Writers need maturity, experience, powers of observation, a kind of detachment. — Hazel Rowley

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Thanks A Million, COZBI

When I was in NYC a couple of weeks ago I ducked into an adorable Brooklyn boutique called COZBI. The small shop is filled with beautiful clothes for women, handmade dolls, and baby clothes so cute you just want to run out an reproduce! Presiding over the whole operation is Cozbi Cabrera– designer, entrepreneur, quilter, doll-maker, and illustrator of children’s books! (If this sounds familiar, maybe you saw her or her work featured on Oprah!) If you are ever in Brooklyn, stop by her store. She will alter and sew-to-fit– so ladies don’t feel you are too tall, too short, to voluptuous, etc. to wear beautiful clothes. Let Cozbi measure you and hook you up!
And here’s some good news: Ms. Cozbi Cabrera has agreed to do a Q&A here on the blog. I can’t wait to hear account of how she decided to leave her day job to follow her passions! Read her bio. I dare you not to be inspired!

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Too Old for MySpace?

I was fooling around with myspace. Don’t ask me why, but I feel like I don’t have enough myspace friends. Please add me! Anyway, while I

was clicking here and there, trying to make myself more interesting, I happened upon a link that promised to make a cartoon character that looks JUST LIKE ME! Umm.. not quite. I didn’t see anything for thirty-something fiction writers that are racing deadlines, teaching classes and trying to have something resembling a social life.
(for kicks, click on the cartoon-Tayari and then make your cartoon and post the code in the comments section.)

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Word-Freak’s Delight

Check out this NPR commentary about ideas that we just can’t express in English. It was informative, funny, and really really well written. The last line is golden.

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The Weekend Novelist

A novel in three days. And I was feeling pretty dang proud b/c I managed to write two complete paragraphs on the plane this morning. This woman leaves me in the dust!
thx, ed

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Otto Penzler Wants to Sue Ed

This is a bit of a labryinth, but bear with me. Otto Penzler is a columnist for the NY Post whom Ed makes fun of. Otto P. threatened to sue Ed for the jibes. I looked up Otto P to see what the big deal was and found one of the silliest, most entitled, ridiculous statements ever, which I will post here. Meanwhile, start saving your pennies in case we have to chip in for Ed’s legal defense. So with no further ado, here is Penzler reflecting on the “authenticity” of George Pelecanos.

…The majority of the characters in the new novel by Mr. Pelecanos, “The Night Gardener” (Little, Brown, 371 pages, $24.95), are black, and they seem pretty authentic to me. Now, I confess, I wouldn’t really know. I’m white, live in a white neighborhood, and work in the largely white profession of publishing. But I believe his characters, their dialogue, and their points of view.

and if you want to read the silly rest of the article.

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Contrary to Popular Belief…

New Yorkers are nice people and there are really good brothers out there. Imgaine a certain novelist struggling with a HUGE suitcase on the A-train. (I know Ladylee wants to know why I don’t take a taxi like the girls on Sex in the City.) Anyway, I couldn’t get up the stairs to the next platform. (Partically because the suitcase was heavy and partially because I sort of lost my mind on 8th Street in the SHOE district. It’s hard ballancing shoe-boxes AND major luggage.) So, I hear a voice behind me. “Do you need some help?” I thought I had died on gone to heaven a chick-lit universe! The brother was baby-faced, yet manly and he hefted that mega-suitcase onto his broad shoulders and carried up the stairs to the main platform, through the turnstile, and up to street level. (Major dreaminess.) But, alas, life is not chick-lit. As he was helping me, and waiting with me for my ride, he told me two things: his name was Mike and he was NOT trying to hit on me. And he wasn’t. But it made me remember why I love NYC.
(And, a side note: I am not usually a heavy-packer. I usually take a small suitcase with clothes I can mix and match. The wordrobe on the move is because of my photo shoot with Marion Ettlinger. She wants 3-5 outfits, to udse her language “tip to toe”. This means foundational garments, it means SHOES. Need I say more?)

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