What’s My Deal (the NYC version)?

One:  I like books, novels mostly, really good books the best.  And I read fast and intensely when I can carve out the time, preferably library books (I’m shying away from the impulse buying powerhouse that is Amazon.com) that I lug home in my Trader Joe’s canvas bag,  proving that I’m literary, eco-conscious, a lover of nibbles and a brand whore.

Two:  I like food, usually at least every two hours or else I get very, very cranky, as Cityboy can attest to (I think most of our arguments have stemmed from a lack of food and too much walking).

Three:  I’m a shoe whore (which explains my DSW card and my almost pathological need to spend my rewards bucks within days of receiving it in the mail).

Four:  I have a lot of clothes.  A lot.  I am paring down in preparation for the big move, but come on, I look cute in those clothes.  And handbags.  And jewelry.  And shoes.  Did I mention the shoes?

Five:  my biggest fear is that Cityboy and I will wind up in one of those stupid arguments over who gets the last inch of meager storage space in our still-unfound apartment and it will be too much and I will say something too unkind, probably about the boxes and boxes of old notebooks and collected spoons (yes, I said it, spoons) he’s been hoarding all these years and it will be too much.  Too much.

Six:  Despite said fear (and Cityboy’s bizarre ability to only eat once every six hours), I am moving house and home to New York City, because, let’s face it, he’s my man.

Seven:  Besides, there’s good eating and lots of shoes in The City.


2 Responses to “What’s My Deal (the NYC version)?”

  1. Dylan Landis August 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Dear Jho,
    You were very generous in your review of my reading at the Center for Fiction last fall–where Elizabeth Strout said some wonderful things–and I wanted to invite you to another event, mainly because three other short-story authors will be reading from their debut collections, and you might like their stuff, AND it’s a benefit for Housing Works. I’ll be reading with the fabulously cool Justin Taylor (Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever), Tim Johnston (Irish Girl) and Matt Debenham (The Book of Right and Wrong). If you’re there, please come over & say hello.

    And I meant to email you, not comment, but can’t find a link.

    SHORTS FOR SUMMER: A HOUSING WORKS BENEFIT is at 7 p.m., August 18, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., NYC 10012. For info & directions:


    And how fabulous that we both love some of the same writers–Cecilia Woloch, David Hernandez and Lisa Glatt.

    • jhointhecity September 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi Dylan,
      I’m sorry I wasn’t able to make it to the reading. August was a crazy, crazy work month, and I was so disappointed to miss meeting you and hearing the others. Please keep me posted on other readings in NYC. I’d love to say hi.
      Oh, and I added my email address.
      Hope all is well & can’t wait to see what you’re working on next!

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