Saturday, July 08, 2006

On the road again--west coast dogs are invited to come lick my face in San Francisco and Portland this week

Ken and Yatzee at Lemuria Books
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
Which is more frightening, the pit bull or the alarming size of my forehead? I think we all agree: its my forehead that is more of a threat.

This photo is from the event I did last week at Lemuria Books in Jackson, MS. Yatzee was one of the many dogs in attendance with the Friends of Jackson Animal Shelter. If you are on the west coast, I'll be out again this week:

Wednesday: Meeting with volunteers at the Oakland Animal Shelter, 6pm
Thursday: "It's writing cats and dogs" at SFSPCA's Maddie's Place 6:30-8pm with a bunch of other authors including Tom Corwin (Mostly Bob), Roslyn Banish (Just Gus), Janis Bradley (Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous), and Mark Asher (Bark and Ride).
Friday: Kiehl's, Fillmore, SF: Booksigning including special Kiehl's gift bags with proceeds going to Pets Unlimited. Signing 4-7pm; reading and discussion at 7pm at Pets Unlimited.
Saturday: Kiehl's, NW 23rd, Portland from 1-4pm; proceeds go to Dove Lewis Animal Hospital.

Friday, July 07, 2006

A movie I actually want to see: Walker Payne

It is July, the middle of the summer, and although I love nothing more than a big dumb blockbuster--or, alternately, a small quiet art film--I've seen only a few films in the past few months and most of them have been really kind of awful, or at least disappointing. I walked out of the high school noir thriller Brick after losing my patience with its inane dialogue. I was disappointed with An Inconvenient Truth, although that may be because I learned about global warming 35 years ago in the first grade. In a fit of desperation I went to The Devil Wears Prada and had to deal with its self important lectures about how serious and important the fashion industry really is.

What I'd reallly like to see is Walker Payne, a film that apparently still doesn't have a release date. It stars Jason Patric as a poor man who needs to raise cash in order to maintain custody of his daughters. The website is a bit oblique about what it is that Sam Shepard gets Patric involved with in order to make fast money. But Julia Szabo has seen the film and reports it is really all about dogfighting. And that it is really, really good. So maybe if enough people go over the the Walker Payne site, someone will finally release it.

And here's a story on how the dog fights were safely faked for the film>

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Random Notes: MySpace, BSL, gym memberships, "Intersection," and the New Orleans weather

I was going to call this post "Bits and Pieces" but thought better of it, given the sometimes gruesome information here. So here are some things I've been meaning to post, but never found space or enough to say to make an whole post out of it.

*The Dogs Who Found Me has its own MySpace page. Go make friends with it at

*People have asked where they can buy "New Orleans | Intersection" which features 25 writers, 25 artists, and 25 intersections. It is selling out at local stores, but the stock is being replenished. You can find more info at the Press Street web page, including a link for mail order.

*It is mid-July and we haven't had anything resembling a tropical storm in the region. We hope this is a sign rather than an omen.

*I recently toured the newly reopened New Orleans Athletic Club, which is supposedly the oldest gym in the country. It is in the French Quarter, and therefore more convenient than the Jewish Community Center uptown, where I currently go. But the crazy NOAC is also kind of expensive. And even though their instructors and staff haven't returned, they aren't cutting any deals for new members. On the other hand, it is hard to resist a gym that has a library and a bar. Then again, in researching them, I discovered that they only began letting African Americans in after a lawsuit--in 1986. If you go the website, you'll see that it all looks a bit like the old board game Clue.

*New Orleans continues having blackouts. I missed two yesterday afternoon while I was in Mississippi. But the Federal Government will not fund the repair of the electrical grid, because Entergy is a private company. Of course, why is Entergy a private electric company? Because the Feds deregulated everything. So this mornings paper announces the solution: electric bills will be going up $45 a month.

*In August I'll be part of a conference in Chicago regarding dog breed legislation (ie. the enforced extinction of pit bulls, rottweilers and whatever other dogs come next...). If you are interested in attending, sign up now at New Leash on Life.