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The Moment

Stolen from the Facebook profile of fellow "Moment" contributor Deborah Copaken Kogan (clicking on pic takes you to her website)

The second item on my Life List is: Publish a book. When I look back at it now, I realize I should have been more specific because I’ve sort of done that already. I have run the gamut of publishing jobs ranging from book publicist to book researcher, coordinating sub rights, and e-book producing (where I produced a NYT Bestseller, baby!) If I was to take #2 at face value, however, I’d have to classify it as a book on which I appear as the author complete with name on the cover and author photo on the back flap. So those publishing gigs are subsets of #2.

BUT

This book you see above puts me a step closer. In “The Moment,” you’ll find 125 beautiful moments that changed the lives of writers and artists both famous and obscure. My essay, “Fearless Flyer,” appears in here. It’s my first contribution to a publication that is bound and made of pulp, not pixels. Even more exciting, some of my favorite writers, storytellers, and friends also appear between these covers. I fell in love with Deborah Copaken Kogan’s words in college; I sometimes wonder if Rebecca Woolf (whose insanely gorgeous essay ends the book) and I weren’t separated at birth; Gregory Maguire always enchants me with his stories. Ever since Baratunde Thurston and Sara Barron did the Six-Word reading series I co-produced, I’ve been stuck on their every word. Jennifer Egan and Elizabeth Gilbert (two literary rock stars), also contributed pieces. When I heard Liz Gilbert was contributing a piece, I put Larry Smith, the book’s editor, in touch with my friend/Liz’s sister, the awesome YA writer Catherine Gilbert Murdock, who turned around an essay in no time flat. She’s that good.

“The Moment” also contains pieces from people who aren’t writers by trade, but who are incredible storytellers. Some of my favorite pieces in this book are written by people who are: unemployed, zoologists, still in school, a camp director, and a former trend-forecaster. Everyone has a Moment that changed their lives. What’s yours?

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Monday’s Watch, Listen, Read

Watch

As evidenced by last Monday’s post, I have a bunch of cool friends doing really awesome things — all of which seem to be happening during the month of September. Galt Niederhoffer is no exception.  Galt is a writer/producer/director and one of the co-founders of Plum Pictures. She’s truly one of my inspirations.

Three years ago, Galt and I met up for lunch. That day, she had just learned St. Martin’s Press was picking up her second book, THE ROMANTICS, and that she was pregnant with her second child. It was truly a day of celebration. We toasted over sandwiches and water. Then, when we went to pay the check, found out a mystery man had already paid for us. We never discovered the identity of the man, but he added a little excitement and intrigue to a convivial lunch.

A year later, we were standing on Chelsea rooftop toasting the publication of THE ROMANTICS. Shortly after, Galt started writing the script based on her novel and, just last year, she was behind the camera directing her film adaptation of THE ROMANTICS. This also happened to be her directorial debut. I cannot imagine how mind-blowing it is to go from the very, very beginning of an idea’s gestation to sculpting the entire journey, by hand. I again raise my (virtual) glass to Galt. To romantic notions, second books and first times, dreams come true, and the greatest feeling of satisfaction. All hugs, my friend.

Listen

This pick comes from the Top 25 Most Played songs on my iTunes. Paul Simon is one of my favorites. He’s more than a musician, he’s a storyteller. Each song is its own short story. Simply beautiful.

Read

To be honest, I have a love/”meh” relationship with Jonathan Franzen’s writing. I like it, but I also really want to edit him. His descriptions are both incredibly detailed and incredibly wordy. It sometimes drive me nuts to read long, drawn-out prose. However, the heart of the story always gets me in the end.

When I attended Franzen’s reading at the Union Square Barnes & Noble last week, his wordiness irritated me a little less than when I read THE CORRECTIONS eight years ago. Either I’m growing up or becoming immune to his overuse of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Whatever it is, I hope it gets me through the entire book.