Obama pays cash at Prairie Lights

Awesome video of Obama buying kids' books at Prairie Lights. I used to work that register, thank you very much! The venerable Paul Ingram makes a funny cameo at the end.


Geoff Dyer Rules

The Guardian Online recently posted a compilation of ten rules for writing from a couple dozen writers. Geoff Dyer's are my favorites, principally because of number seven:

"Have more than one idea on the go at any one time. If it's a choice between writing a book and doing nothing I will always choose the latter. It's only if I have an idea for two books that I choose one rather than the other. I ­always have to feel that I'm bunking off from something."

Reading 3/14

1. Apologies for talking about myself here. I was gently told to 'promote' via the interweb, and other than emailing myself, this is my only way to do that.

2. I'm (randomly) doing a reading on Sunday, 3/14, at Hue-Man Bookstore, 3pm. That's in Harlem, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd Between 124th and 125th Streets. I'm not sure any of you lives out there, but cool if anyone can make it. (Drinks after? Of course drinks after.)