Tag: essays

Mar 23

“Madonna & Me” is ON TOUR! It is stressful and also kind-of fun!

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Oh my god, you guys. It’s been CRAZY. I’m on a book tour for Madonna & Me, my just-released anthology of essays about Madonna by women writers. (And, um, I’m willing to bet that if you’re reading this blog, you already know all about it.)

So far I (with an assortment of my brave fellow anthology contributors) have done readings outside Boston (at Newtonville Books), at Monmouth University’s gender-studies program on the Jersey Shore (!), at le Poisson Rouge in NYC, and at Barnes & Noble-Greenwich Village in NYC. All the events were pretty much superb. The Newtonville Books event kicked off the tour nicely — tons of people showed up (maybe 70?) — and it was standing-room only!  I hosted the event and introduced our four incredible contributors (Erin Trahan, Christine Bachman, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, and Sarah Sweeney), who each read great renditions of their essays from Madonna & Me.

Off to Monmouth U. the next day!  There I read with contributors Jamia Wilson and Shawna Kenney. That event was fun, too — quite a bit smaller and more intimate than Newtonville, but it is always fun and strange to be around youthful and inspired college kids.

Yesterday I hit NYC and read at the Soundtrack Series, a super-fun monthly lit-reading series organized and hosted by spitfire/writer supreme Dana Rossi (she is also a contributor to Madonna & Me). The event was a specially themed “March Madness Madonnathon,” which was cool and appropriate. Dana and I read our Madonna-themed pieces, along with fellow contributors Jamie Beckman, Kristin McGonigle, and Gloria Feldt. It was packed and lively and New Yorky, a cool scene. We were interviewed for the NY1 TV station!  But I have no clue  what will come of that. Fingers crossed!  A few of my good friends showed up, too, which is always great.

Tonight the indomitable Susan Shapiro organized an amazing Madonna & Me charity reading at Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village. We had an awesome Madonna & Me window display and everything! Sooooo exciting! I read a shortened version of my uber-personal essay, along with essays from Sue Shapiro, Gloria Feldt, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, and Kelly Keenan Trumpbour. My agent also showed up and participated in a fun little Q&A with the rest of us. We had a pretty strong turnout (50 or so?), and it was less stressful than some of the other events because all of us speakers got to SIT AT A TABLE and read from there instead of standing awkwardly in front of a huge clunky podium.

I still have a bunch of readings to come (Philly, DC, SF, and LA), and I’ll keep you all abreast of those events as they pop up.

Check out the updated PRESS page at the Madonna & Me site — we’ve been getting a good bit of nice new press lately (um hello, The Atlantic!? Ms. magazine?!)

Until later… Thanks for reading!

-L

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Mar 07

My long-awaited new anthology, ‘Madonna & Me,’ is finally here!

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OMG, there’s just so much to discuss right now.

1. Madonna & Me is officially OUT!  It’s published!  It lives!  It’s on shelves! It’s on the Internet!  It’s (hopefully) on your bookshelf or your Kindle!  You get my point. The book hath been published. Go buy it right now. You will love it, I promise.

2. HuffPost Women had a huge Madonna & Me spread on its front page yesterday! It was super-exciting. They ran a slightly modified version of my essay from the book, as well as a slideshow of cute “Madonna-fied” images of kids dressed up like Madonna (reprinted from the Madonna & Me website). Yay all around! Go read my HuffPo essay here, and leave a comment if you’re feeling generous.

3. Today I was interviewed for this cool website 12 Questions. I talked about a bunch of random stuff, like movies and books and what I want my headstone to read when I die. You will find that Q&A right here.

4. If you are one of the lucky few to have already read Madonna & Me, will you consider making me exceptionally happy by writing a customer review of the book on Amazon?  It would mean the world to me. Thank you!

5. The San Francisco launch party for Madonna & Me is going to be INSANELY FUN! It’s happening on March 29 at the Cat Club in SF. There will be three contributors (Wendy Tokunaga, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, and Marisela Huerta) reading from the book from 8-9, and then hours and hours of dancing to ’80s and Madonna music. The reading will be part of the club’s themed Madonna Night, and there will be giveaways, plus copies of the book for sale. Plus lots of sweaty, cute Madonna-lovers dancing their asses off. And I’ll even be there, live and in person, wearing something lacy and neon.  If you live in SF, please come check it out!

6. Because it’s finally out, Madonna & Me has been getting more press lately — check it out here. Some highlights were a mention in ELLE magazine and a glowing review in Library Journal!

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Feb 07

“Madonna & Me” Tumblr, Super Bowl, Frisky article, etc.

Some of you already know this, but I recently launched a Tumblr for Madonna & Me. It’s for fun random stuff: Madonna photos, quotes, and news about the book (duh). We’ve also got some really bright, fun animated Madonna GIFs  made by my talented media-maven friend Marisa.  And the Tumblr is open for submissions,  so please feel free to submit your own Madonna-centric thoughts and stories!  Do it now! You know you want to!

In other news, I couldn’t possibly have been a bigger fan of Madonna’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl. You? It was so smooth and seamless — she looked incredible and her performance was pretty much flawless, IMHO. I didn’t understand all the nitpicky commentary out there, but I guess haters will always hate, yeah?  Now check out my piece for The Frisky about why Madge was a perfect Super Bowl pick!

And here’s yet another reminder: go and buy Madonna & Me pronto. It’s about to sell out on Amazon! And it’s shipping now, so if you order it today you will get it in the mail supersoon. EXCITE. More soon…

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Jan 09

Publishers Weekly reviews ‘MADONNA & ME’

I was excited today to read this Publishers Weekly review of Madonna & Me!

Here’s a choice snippet: “These essays… amplify the influence [Madonna] had on a generation. … [They] reveal that Madonna’s mix of spirituality and raw sensuality had a considerable impact in shaping attitudes.”

Nice, right?

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Sep 09

9/11: From a Rooftop in Brooklyn

I just posted some of my 9/11 reflections in a blog post for Yahoo! Shine.

Initially I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about September 11th — some part of me feels like I’m not “allowed” to feel anything about the anniversary, because I didn’t personally know anyone who died that day.  I know people who narrowly avoided being in the towers that day (like my father, and a neighbor).  Despite not knowing any of the victims,  I lived in Brooklyn and worked in Manhattan then,  so the whole thing hit extremely close to home.  I had nightmares about 9/11 for months.  Anyway, I felt strongly enough about the anniversary that I felt compelled to write, well, something.

Read it here.

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