May 22, 2006

Road Notes


That's Michele of Faster than the World (né A Small Victory) reading King Dork. (Ever hear a schoolbus story in which Sparks' "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" plays a role? Here's one.)

Had a fun time in Tacoma at King's Bookstore. Met Brent Hartinger (author of Geography Club) - nice guy. The Seattle show that night was a biker/rockabilly/fetish/alternarollerderby Katrina benefit, so of course I fit right in. My set was marred by technical difficulties but was still fun. And really, the slide show depicting the devastation of a major hurricane put it all in perspective. So the guitar cuts out. I'll live, I thought to myself. And I did, as it turned out.

My Corvallis reading was attended by my friends, plus one guy who just wandered in and the book shop person. That night we had dinner and drinks with Timbo from Mutant Pop. He's one of those guys I've known about or of for ages, but had somehow managed never to meet. I didn't know what to expect, but he turned out to be a hilarious, smart easy-going guy with a lot of interests outside of punk rock. He owns a shoe store in Corvallis and is writing a history of the American Communist Party. So the basement of the shoe store is filled with shoes, punk rock records, and an amazing collection of late 19th- to early 20th-century books on Bolshevism, Progressivism, etc. He wanted me to write "something offensive" when I signed his "So Long Sucker" 7". I don't do offensive very well (at least not on purpose) and the best I could come up with was: "your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." Cambridge to the rescue once again...

There's was a swell review of King Dork in Sunday's Oregonian; and here's a Q&A from today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Comments are still screwed up, but I've got people working on it. Good people.

See you at the Cafe Verite/Cupcake Royale on Tuesday night. If you can come, I mean. If not, well, I guess I'll just see you when I see you.

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