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March 27, 2012

The Terrifying Horseman Arrives

EXISTENCE, March 26 – Capital New York wrote a suspiciously nice thing about me and Jesse Pearson’s magazine. My wife read some of it to me in the car as I was driving this morning, and then said, “wow, this is really happening.” I nodded my head, to indicate Yes, It Is Strange. This article also marks the first time I’ve ever seen the word “novelist” in front of my name. That’s strange too.

Speaking of which, Saturday’s book launch party went well. I sold some books, and learned a few things:

- Chapter 18 is apparently “too expository” to read out loud.

- Doing even one book reading without access to water (meaning the water is on a thing far away from your hand and there’s no elegant way to grab it) is as viciously self-abusive as a 12-year spray paint huffing habit.

- If you advertise that a “surprise mystery guest” is going to perform but do not actually make arrangements for this surprise mystery guest, a terrifying horseman from out of time will suddenly appear and strum gentle Spanish guitar in front of horrified onlookers. After the show, the terrifying horseman will walk out the door and back into eternity.