Okay, two announcements. I think I said that already. Only the other time I added the word big.
1. I am now on Facebook. I resisted as long as I could in the name of being a life long contrarian. But now I have taken the plunge. So if you would like to friend me, please feel free. I am listed under my name: Merrill Markoe. And I will probably say yes unless you are an annoying psycho.
2. I have a new book coming out in November. Its a book of funny essays. And its definitely my most personal set of essays ever. Years of writing novels have opened a trap door that is now impossible to close. I hope its stuff that the people who like my other books will want to read.
If there’s a theme to the book, its the never ending task of coping with the crazy people who surround us all. ( I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is surrounded by crazy people. Am I? I’m not, am I?) I have been trying to learn something, anything, from these experiences, since, as I understand it, that seems to be kind of the point. And for the sake of the book, I’m going to go ahead and assume there is a point.
For example, the book contains a piece about my problematic relationship with my extremely critical seemingly un-pleasable mother and the odd, thoroughly irritable travel diaries that I saw for the first time after she died. I quote from them ver batim, which made me pretty nervous. But having gotten laughs the few times I got up the nerve to read from them on stage, I was encouraged to turn them in to an essay that tries to add up the pieces and draw some conclusions , now that its over.
There’s an exhaustively thorough piece I began writing as a present to some of my girl friends, as I sit back watching them running headlong in to the endless variations of the miseries that dating has to offer. Its based on a lifetime of note taking as I lived through my own version of same. Its called “How to Spot an Asshole.” and I’m pretty sure I didn’t leave anything out.
There’s also a piece called ‘Never Again’ about the nerve wracking experience of falling in love again after swearing off love entirely. And the difference between having this experience in the first half of life, and in the second half.
Of course there are also a few pieces about dogs, because they are the craziest people of all. I analyze why I love them with so much unswerving devotion, considering that they require me to tolerate behavior I will no longer tolerate from people.
I guess I’ll say more about this whole thing as it gets closer to November.
I hope its a good book . You can pre-order it already, I’m told. Its for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Borders Books all the rest of the regular places that still sell what we, the creatures from the previous century, still laughingly refer to as ‘books’. The publisher is, once again, Randomhouse.
And those are my two big announcements.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:
So today you’re saying he was unarmed and wasn’t actually using a woman as a human shield?