Tuesday, August 31, 2010

You Are Here

Ta-da! The front cover (done by Frank Black) of my new book that will be coming out in April from HK Publishing. Note the title of it—You Are Here is same as the title of this blog. Shameless cross-promotion.

And this blog, like the book will be about the sense of place. Something a lot of us take for granted most of the time.

I love the place of New York. It’s my favorite place. It ends up actually being a character in most of my stories. Larger than life and usually lovable, but occasionally a bit insensitive and despicable.

And New York is made up of oodles of smaller places that I’m going to write about here. Don’t expect too many excerpts from the book. Why give away the milk when you’re trying to sell the latte?

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Photo by John Quilty

My friend John Quilty took this photo from a high-rise on 59th Street. He says he knows I was the tour guide on the bus because he could hear my voice. I believe him.

People are always trying to spot me on the bus. “I saw you in the East Village,” they say. “I could see your red hair. I called your name, but you didn’t hear me.”

Being a tour guide on a double-decker bus is a very high profile job.