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Spotted: How to Be Inappropriate, face out at Women and Children First bookstore, Chicago.

Thanks to Michelle, my old student who will be attending Northwestern’s MFA program in creative nonfiction (!), for sending this pic. I love that this is in the Essays section–not complaining about getting placed in the Humor section at Barnes and Noble and such, but it’s nice to see my book next to one of my heroes, Cynthia Ozick.

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Listen to me read “Revising the Footlicker Story” on broadcastr.com.

Forgot to write about this when it happened and also when this new storytelling platform-social media-site-portal, broadcastr, went live, but here goes.

So I recorded “Revising the Footlicker Story” and another piece (“The Difference Between Chickens and Goats”) last December in the offices of Electric Literature. Both appear in Lost and Found: Stories from New York, which culls pieces from the super site Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood.

And now ‘Footlicker’ is live and you can listen to it! Check it out here! Listen to other people’s things too, but listen to mine first!

This morning Thomas Beller tweeted that more than 3,000 people have listened to it. Presumably some of them enjoyed it. It’s collected in this book you might have heard of on this website. It’s called How to Be Inappropriate. You should buy a copy. It’s good.

I took a couple of shitty photos from the day I recorded it, too. So check them out here.

 

 

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Nino James does cover version of How to Be Inappropriate cover.

I think Nino James did this as an assignment or something? Whatever is the case, I’m loving it. From Nino’s Flickr page.

 

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Broken Pencil reviews How to Be Inappropriate: “a thoroughly enjoyable read.”

Check it out here.

Sometimes I think we should have picked a different cover, since so many reviews tend to focus on how the cover gives off a more inappropriate vibe than the writing.  Then I scratch myself somewhere all intimate-like and think about what to write next.  I am glad the reviewer liked the Gene Simmons/Terry Gross piece, since that one tends to elicit the strongest of reactions.

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That was quick: Mickey Hess blurbs How to Be Inappropriate, via The Rumpus.

As part of a project/offer/stunt, writer Mickey Hess has offered to blurb any book within 24 hours. He made his offer on The Rumpus, the online magazine for very smart people. I should have given him one of my unpublished manuscripts, but instead he looked at How to Be Inappropriate. Here’s his blurb; I think I will place it next to all the others on the book page.

Books, and their characters, are treasured and entertaining. In his fourteenth cookbook, How to Be Inappropriate, Daniel Nester renders striking, thoroughly civilized, tales for special occasions. Nester brings us through the lonely exigencies of human wreckage, forging connections with Kosher exactitude. If you are a long-time convert, you’ll find How to Be Inappropriate appetizing, and quite appropriate. “–Mickey Hess


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