Tomorrow I’m taking this class called TRUTHINESS with comedian Lauren Weedman. Stoked. I’m also moving into Cheryl Strayed’s to take care of her cats while she’s away.
Tuesday I start my job at Powell’s Books! Wednesday I’m working. Thursday I haveThanksgiving Yoga. Friday I’m quitting Life. Saturday I’m doing a reading at CRUSH Bar. Come! Info is here. I’m reading with Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake + many more.
Some exciting “literary” things have happened/are happening. xoJane is publishing an essay I wrote about binge-eating + substance abuse. My friend + incredible writer Scott McClanahan interviewed me at Word Riot. Yoga Dork is having me write some essays about being a yoga dork. Thought Catalog is publishing an essay from LGLA on their website. They’ve also asked me for some of my new essays and they’re going to distribute them as Kindle Singles.
The essay they’re publishing from LGLA is “Getting Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable” about being homeless in Brooklyn after my apartment was condemned. Funny story: This essay was originally accepted for publication on the New York Times blog called Townies. They cut it at the last minute because it was going to be in LGLA. I was devastated.
Oh, and did you hear? Author (and my publisher,) Kevin Sampsell’s new novel, THIS IS BETWEEN US is going to be released by Tin House! Read all about it here.
I just read the graphic memoir MARBLES. What are you reading?? Email me and tell me. Cocomonet@gmail.com
P.S. Notice my spectacular sidebar–making it easy for you to purchase LGLA directly from me and to Paypal me $ to help you w/ your personal essays. That’s the work of Jamie McKenzie. She’s an awesome gal living in Cali and is starting up her freelance web design, construction and social media management services. Her prices are affordable! Contact her @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Much love + gratitude,
NEWSFLASH: The unimitable Cheryl Strayed compiled a list of the ten best books she has read recently for Barnes & Noble. And would you believe it but Legs Get Led Astray is on the list! She says, of LGLA: Personal essays about youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp and recklessly beautiful.
Also on the list were a few books I’m dying to read such as Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavtich, How Georgia Became O’Keefe by Karen Karbo and If I Knew Then What I know Now by Ryan Van Meter. Read Cheryl’s entire list here.
Speak of the devil–my mom and I went to Cheryl’s reading in NYC last night at the Barnes & Noble at Union Square.
Me between Cheryl Strayed and my mom, Michele Quigley. New York City.
It was so cool that my mom and Cheryl finally got to meet, because they have a little bit of a history. If you want to know the story behind that–you can read it my essay “On Mentors, Mothers, and house-sitting for Cheryl Strayed” here. I suppose it goes without saying that I’m beyond grateful to Cheryl for being such a supportive and special mentor in my life. And since we’re on the subject: here’s an essay I wrote about Cheryl’s Dear Sugar column called “Behind The Scenes of a Regular Sugar Reader.“
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Hey everyone! Guess what? For the next few weeks Powell’s books has chosen LGLA as one of their “NEW FAVORITES.” New favorite books are 30% off! You can buy it in-store or on the Powell’s website for $9.45 for a limited time. !!!
Plus it’s next to my friend and mentor, Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir. So if you’ve been wanting a copy of LGLA but are tight with money (I know the feeling!) now would be the perfect time to purchase one, for cheap!