Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Back in Town

We got back in to JFK last night around 1:30 am, and naturally couldn't get to sleep due to our internal clocks being three hours earlier. So, in an effort to try and fall asleep, we turned on "27 Dresses" starring Katherine Heigl. Two quick notes on this movie:

1) Is it just me, or does Katherine Heigl seem mildly annoyed in every movie/tv show she stars in?

2) "27 Dresses" is an absolutely abysmal movie. 

Note: This is not a biased opinion on chick flicks (we watched "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" the other night and I was terribly disappointed). But "Dresses" is just stupid, contrived and lame. And can Heigl play anything other than "slightly frazzled"?

Anyway, not to be completely negative, I have two big time recommendations:

1) THE SPELLMAN FILES by Lisa Lutz. I started this on my wife's recommendation, and loved it. Lutz is a terrifically funny writer, and her characters are witty and rich. We have the second book in the series, CURSE OF THE SPELLMANS, and I'm eager to dive in.

2) I was at the Barnes & Noble in the Grove in L.A. and heard a song over the speakers that I immediately thought was fantastic. I used the 'Shazaam' app on my iPod, and found out that the song was called "People, Turn Around" by a band called Delta Spirit. Well, I downloaded the song, then their live album, and I can honestly say I now love this band. Check them out.

And finally, I went with Brett Battles and Stephen Blackmoore to Barry Eisler's signing at the Mystery Bookstore. Barry surprised Brett and I by wearing the very t-shirt we gave him back in the summer of 2006 at ThrillerFest in Arizona:

I also finally had a chance to meet Bobby and Linda, both a pleasure, and they gave me the honor of signing the store's 'Jail Registery', a literal who's-who of every author who's set foot in the store. Everyone from Michael Connelly to Mickey Spillane. Needless to say, I took pictures:

Is there more eclectic company than Jerry Stahl, Val McDermid and Joan Rivers?

I sold three copies of my books on the 14th--and I was there as a fan. Now that's a great bookstore!

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