June 2011


In early May, I took a bit of a vacation from NYC. The first leg of my trip was from New York to Boston. As I’m getting on the plane, passing through first class, I swear I see LL Cool J. I didn’t say anything at the time. When I finally landed at my final destination, I did a tiny write-up on Facebook, letting my friends know I’d be gone for a bit, but I also asked if anyone had any clue as to LL’s whereabouts that day. My friend Jess responded.

The article is no longer up, but it was basically about how he was in Boston as a Keynote Speaker for NorthEastern University. So yeah, kinda fun knowing I passed by LL. (Not as cool as the time I bumped into Chuck D while I had my Chuck D Yo MTV Raps card on me, but that’s another story.) Anyway, for you LL fans out there, here’s a quick pic:

You know, I remember when Johnny Hiro came out, and there were people who asked why I decided to have celebrity cameos. I guess I didn’t think of them too much as cameos. I’d like to think that, within the humor of the story, I did treat them as people with their own lives, their own concerns, and that they were important to the story. But now, thinking about LL, I also realize I’ve had a fair amount of celebrity run-ins. And maybe part of the comic is my own life making its way onto the page. 

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So I’m really fascinated by economics nowadays, and one of the things that really led me to this interest was NPR’s Planet Money podcast. Usually they tackle a small story in about 20 minutes that explains a facet of the economy in a really understandable way. Their coverage of the economic crisis a while back was absolutely amazing.

Anyway, recently they talked about investing in a child’s pre-school education, and how it could impact the larger economy. In this small story, there was one of my favorite recorded moments ever, it was way too cute. Here’s the link to the story.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/06/13/137109349/the-friday-podcast-the-case-for-preschool

If you don’t want to listen to the whole story, it happens between 12:35 and 13:13. But I do think it’s an interesting one, especially for parents.

“I don’t know… I just don’t know.”

I’m not generally a fan of mash-ups, but I gotta admit, I’ve been listening pretty nonstop to this Lil Wayne Office Musik.

Alright, I’ll keep this one short. It’s just something that made me happy.

So I recently blogged about the My Heart Is An Idiot project, and how I missed the New York screening. But I saw that there was an upcoming San Francisco screening. I called up my little sister and told her she should check out the movie, and that if Davy is at the show, she should introduce herself. Anyway, the next day I get these pics in my email.

Knowing that they hung out a bit made me really happy. And I loved that my sister was thoughtful enough to make a stupid sign in order to make me jealous.

Okay, I’ll stop talking about how rad my little sister is. For now.

Here are some drawing samples for a middle grade book project. Who knows if anything will become of this.

I was outta town for the past month or so, and the one big thing I was bummed about was missing the New York screening of My Heart Is An Idiot.

For over 2 years, David Meiklejohn followed Davy Rothbart with a camera. It was originally intended as a documentary about Davy’s travels across the country working on his Found Magazine project, but the film ended up a completely different monster, instead focusing on Davy’s relationships. I’m wicked excited to see the thing.

I’ve known Davy a while now; we met years ago on the independent publishing circuit. I was part of an independent publishing company (which eventually folded), and he had come out with his first issue of Found, a magazine project he edited. From the get go Found was awesome, but aside from that, Davy’s an amazing writer. Years ago, he put out the short story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas (it has since been republished by Simon & Schuster). And really, it includes two of my favorite stories—the Lone Surfer story and Elena.

Since then, he’s been a part of some amazing projects including corresponding for This American Life, founding Washington II Washington (which brings city kids on a hiking adventure), writing the essay that inspired the Easier With Practice movie, and being part of literary ping pong tournaments. He also edited the Found: Requiem For a Paper Bag project.

As I said, I was bummed that I missed the New York screening. Mostly because it would have been fun to grab a beer afterwards with the dude. We probably see each other once a year, and he’s always fun to catch up with.

Davy’s a good dude with a crazy ass crazy spirit. I really wholeheartedly support the projects he gets involved in. Anyway, I recommend looking on myheartisanidiot.com, seeing if there’s a nearby screening. If there is, check out the flick. I’m sure it’ll be a good ride.