Hello, friends and acquaintances! Sorry for the posting delay. Things have been very busy lately. This will be a short post.
- My new teen-targeted nonfiction book about apocalyptic pop culture — The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…before it’s too late is OUT NOW! Hurray. Go buy it here. It’s not just for kids, either; adult doomsday buffs will LOVE this book. I promise!
- I’ve written a few fun things recently. Last Friday on Salon.com, I wrote about Madonna’s bizarre recent “MDNA” tour antics. I explored whether she is, indeed, crazy, or if it’s just the same old same old provocation shtick she’s been doing, well, forever. On Huffington Post I wrote about the gender gap in apocalyptic cultural works. Read it here. And in the next few days, a piece I wrote about my teenage obsession with summer camp will go up on WomanZine, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
- There’s an interview with me over on the Zest Books blog.
- I’ll be reading from Madonna & Me with Susan Shapiro and Wendy Shanker on August 16 at Barnes & Noble in West Bloomfield, Michigan (outside Detroit). Come see us! 7 – 9pm EST.
Hope everyone is having a nice summer! Bye for now.
It’s been an ultra-hectic month for me. I returned to San Francisco from the Madonna & Me tour (see pix here) and promptly lost my day job. So yeah — it’s been a bit of a chaotic whirlwind over here.
Back to Madonna & Me… At the end of March, my friend Marisa helped me plan (and throw) a fun launch party at SF’s Cat Club (including a reading with contributors Kelly Keenan Trumpbour and Marisela Huerta). And at the beginning of April, I did a reading at L.A.’s famed Book Soup bookstore (again with my trusty contributors Kelly and Marisela). It was great. I was so excited to check out Book Soup — some of my favorite writers have read their work there, and I felt really proud and happy to join their ranks.
The book has been getting more press accolades. Hurrah! This NY1 news segment — from our March “Soundtrack Series” event in NYC — is probably my favorite. This video clip is fun too — it features yours truly talking about, uh, my “very first time.” Yes, that kind of first time. Check out what BUST mag has to say about the book here. And look at the HelloGiggles review here.
I’m heading back to NYC in May for another reading at one of my favorite bookstores: St. Marks Bookshop on 5/23. I’ll be reading there with Susan Shapiro, Emily Nussbaum, Dana Rossi, and Colleen Kane. And on 5/25 I have another reading at Atomic Books in Baltimore (with Kelly Keenan Trumpbour and another reader TBD). Should be awesome.
Stay tuned! I will try to be better about posting in this thing; I know you’re all simply DYING for more bloggy goodness.
The Madonna & Me machine (um, that would be me) is in overdrive right now, because the book is coming out in just 2 weeks! It’s already shipping from Amazon, so go ahead and order your copy NOW, dammit.
A few things to note… I will be reading my essay from Madonna & Me tonight at Literary Death Match in SF. If you’re in the Bay Area, you should come out!
And please check out Tara Hanks’ great review of Madonna & Me over at For Books’ Sake. We like.
Also, please RSVP for the upcoming NYC Madonna & Me reading on 3/22. It’s part of Soundtrack Series, an awesome monthly lit event where writers tell stories about their favorite songs.
You can also RSVP here for the DC reading at Busboys & Poets on 3/27.
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…
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.”