I just reviewed Neal Pollack’s new book about struggling to stay cool in the cultural dead zone of fatherhood. Pollack is a cranky ex-punk rocker with a distaste for Barney and an obsessive desire for his kids to appreciate good rock and roll. It’s a very funny and thoughtful book, and Pollack is keeping a great Blog about the ongoing hilarity of raising his son Elijah. Elsewhere in blogland, here’s a review of my review.
Three random thoughts on the purpose, construction and organization of this brand newish website:
1 - This site replaces a crappy but serviceable one I made with an EZ-Web Designer Kit six or seven years ago - the main purpose of which was to eliminate the chore of Xeroxing and envelope-stuffing every time I pitched a story. I put the first site together with the help of a friend who I then bugged every time I wrote something new. Now he’s busy being an attorney and raising a family, so it only made sense to create a site I could futz with myself (thanks to the backend application Expression Engine) without alienating friends who actually work for a living.
2 - All praise to Susie, Travis and Matt at Hop Studios, the best little web shop in the land. Cool folks, great techies and artful designers - ideal (and affordable) partners for creative sorts who need a web presence but need help with implementation. Hire them and support expatriate Americans who fled to Canada after Bush was elected!
3 - Re. the pictures on the right hand columns - the potted succulent plants that appear over there on the left (and again on the APPEARANCES page) were photographed at Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA; the boy and girl figures that appear on the HOME and CONTACT pages can be found at the Fairyland park in downtown Oakland.
4 - Feel free to drop me a line if you have any suggestions, comments, questions or spot any errors.
Lighter! More affordable! Just as yellow! Crown/Random House will publish the paperback of my book Rejuvenile on April 24, 2007. Order yours now.