Thursday, February 3, 2011
three interviews in 20 hours
plus two trips to the post office, three trips to the grocery store (two which ended in the state of "empty-handed" because a certain establishment on 21st Street (Associated) advertises specials in steroid big letters yet does not believe in disclosing the accompanying restrictions on those specials (additional $30 purchase, coupon plus Sierra Mist, etc.) until you reach the check-out register) and much, much careful stepping across ice on Queens sidewalks and calf deep puddles at Queens intersections.
and yes, I slept some (some) too.
but thanks (and early birthday wishes) to writer Stewart O'Nan, Time magazine editor-at-large David Von Drehle (both of whom have written books about a fire (The Circus Fire and Triangle: The Fire That Changed America respectively) and professional race car driver Bill Lester (who, to my knowledge, has never written about fire but who probably wears a flame-retardant suit to work) for a very interesting and informative day.
other stuffs: still a 1 to 3 week delivery estimate on the Tusk book (shoulder shrug), Conversations with Russell Banks (edited by David Roche and published by the University Press of Mississippi) came out last October (according to Amazon) but I just received my contributor's copy a couple weeks ago (yep, I have a conversation within) and Andy Pettitte will officially announce his retirement from baseball at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. Andy was sufficiently patient and kind to let me tag along enough to pen a "Day in the Life" profile for my Starting Pitcher book (if you're tempted, pick up a used copy; they're plentiful), and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.
I think I'm making spaghetti and watching 30 Rock tonight.