i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
2:08 PM: last night's apocalypse
doug's first book has just come out! happy birthday to last week's apocalypse! (but as he says, "If you had asked me in high school if I'd be 35 by the time my first book came out I would have thought you were being mean.") you should buy it if you have any inclinations towards silly, surreal & postmodern sci-fi (i think burning man dan would like it quite a bit, for instance).
so last night there was a launch party to celebrate the book, which, despite doug sending me a postcard, i thought was at a completely different place: the tribe theatre, a place that's hosted one of doug's reading before. so i gathered michaelmas & sven and headed to tribe at 510 nw glisan, only to find a "moved to 5359 se foster" sign. so we hopped back in trixie and went there, only to find a play called "sharp objects."
at that point sven & michaelmas thought we should head to rimsky's korsacoffee, where we indulged in a very loud piano, bad service and a table smeared w/ fudge sauce. the desserts were tasty and we toasted to doug with our miniature plates, but michaelmas didn't notice we were at the trick table that slowly lowers to your knees and up to your chin over the course of dessert, and i was feeling like a bad friend -- doug & i aren't close, but i think somebody's first book is a very big deal!
so we headed back to michael's where i got online long enough to check the address. michaelmas decided to stay home for the rest of the night so sven & i headed to the northwest cultural center, and i could tell i had arrived because there was a cluster of writers smoking at the entrance, one of whom was doug. he took us to the table of books and signed a copy for me, then sven & i did a lap around the room as the party was being cleared away. doug's wife miriam saw us and was gracious enough to chat a while and introduce me around.