Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"You Carry Your Weight Very Well."

That is what the radio interviewer - a very smart, engaging woman, by the way - said to me on the elevator up to her studio at 6:50 this morning.

Why thanks.

In other news, the weather is gorgeous in Denver, though my hotel can't do my dry cleaning, which makes me sniff like a haughty New York author, though I try to keep it to myself.

Tattered Cover tonight, eager to see it after all the buzz I've heard about it over the years. Tomorrow, St. Louis.


Blogger Wendy said...

You should have responded with, "Oh, thank you! I like your hair. Are those implants?" or "I know a surgeon who could do wonders with that nose!"

4:12 PM  
Blogger pfizzle said...

Or, "You have a great face for radio."

6:10 AM  
Blogger cybercita said...

or how about: yes, and i sweat less than any fat girl i know?

11:20 AM  
Blogger milo said...

men love chubby girls. She was green with envy, period!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Michael Melcher said...

You are fucking amazing writer! I just read your book, which I had vaguely heard about before but never quite got. I was so enthralled that I read it in two days. I know that since it probably took a couple of years to write this could be a bit of a bummer but I read so fast because YOU ARE AN AWESOME WRITER! So tell your elevator companions not to hate you cuz you're beautiful!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

I used to live in Aurora, Colorado, and The Tattered Cover was my favorite place in town. It's Bibliophile Heaven!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Eric Riback said...

Why has it become socially acceptable to comment on a stranger's weight? But since that horse has left the barn, I'll tell you... I was at the Tattered Cover the other night and you are HOT. You are also a great reader -- your voice in person was just as I imagined you when I read the book. Looking very much forward to the butchery yarns.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Leigh C. said...

Comments like that are the main reason why people who get up at a normal hour of the morning are a smarter, more considerate bunch. They can actually use their brains and consider the other person before they open their mouths. Chalk it up to an argument for sleeping in on a regular basis. That is, if the radio interviewer was an otherwise okay individual.

12:05 PM  
Blogger pete said...

As long as we're offering comebacks...

"And how long have you been a failed writer?"

or simply, "Bitch!"

8:12 AM  
Blogger kpoo said...

oh ugh. there are just way too many fools around here who think they are healthy just because they are a size 2 and hit the mountains every weekend. eccchh.
oh, and the groovous (cherry creek) TC is no longer. (sigh) they moved to a cool old theatre in a rougher hood, which I oughta (and will) support, but man do I miss having the biggest, squooshiest Tattered Cover 5 minutes from my apartment.
ahhh Denver...
glad you were here in town Julie, so sorry I missed you now that I understand you are fabulous.

11:47 AM  
Blogger myneihu said...

Dear Julie - I just finished reading your book and really enjoyed it; I discovered it after reading Julia Child's My Life in France. The only thing I didn't enjoy was your dismissal of vegetarians and vegetarianism. I understand it's all part and parcel of your wicked sense of humor which is what made the book so fun, but in dismissing vegetarianism as "silly" you were also dismissing entire cuisines that developed for a vegetarian palate (many Asian cuisines, for instance) that are far from bland and boring, and in doing so I felt it undercut one of the things that was so great about the book, which is to express the generosity and love that comes from cooking really good food. I hope you'll give vegetarian food a chance. Congratulations on the book being such as a success and good luck!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Queso said...

Come to Houston. Brazos Bookstore. Please.

5:00 PM  
Blogger cyndi (dynthia) said...

Since everyone says you use it too much, why not "How f*cking nice of you to notice? Now f*ck off!" Ofcourse that would not be very PC now would it, but are you really all that PC?

2:25 PM  
Blogger cybercita said...

hi julie,

i enjoyed your piece on salon today. if anyone else wants to read it, go to www.salon.com.

8:48 PM  
Blogger No Sluggo Dave said...

Wowzer. I agree with cybercita. The Salon piece is lovely.

6:05 AM  
Blogger e said...

i'm a new bleader, as it were, but wanted to say congratulations on your Quill Award! good stuff.

7:41 AM  
Blogger ashley said...

Congratulations on your Quill award Julie!!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh jiminy christmas that is just so dumb. I once had someone say to me, "I have a weight problem too, but it's the opposite of yours. I can't keep weight on." And we had no in any way been discussing weight. I chalked it up to her being certifiably insane. :)

8:17 AM  
Blogger ColDol said...

Last week a man said to me: "Look at you, your pregnant". I said "No....". He then said --"Yeah ya are and patted my belly." At that point I took it upon myself to teach him a little bit of etiquette and said, "No, I haven't had sex in years, I'm just fat." Stupid people will shut up when you put them in their places. It's kind of a nice sound.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

Because of you I took the plunge and made crepes! They turned out pretty decent and I only had a few mishaps. Thanks for the inspiration.

3:32 PM  
Blogger circus said...

Dear Julie,

I just finished reading your book and I want to buy you the biggest, coldest, gimlet in existence. I want to blather at you about how I was stuck in my horrid secretarial job until I was 35, how I am obsessed with baroque baking projects, how much we love Joss Wheedon in this outer borough apartment, which is also frequently replete with dirty dishes.

I am in my second year of graduate school, a very useful and expensive MFA in writing. I'm writing my second novel. The first was like an aspic that wouldn't set. And I've been so depressed lately. Your book made me laugh, cry, and crave vodka. I feel bucked up now and like writing this novel (one that may never see the light of day) and the tremendous debt I am accruing--are all just really madcap fun. Because I am no longer working as a fucking secretary and I am much happier now even when I am depressed and overwhelmed.

random girl in the bronx

10:18 AM  
Blogger Steven Novak said...

That's when you respond with a shove down the elevator shaft. ;)


1:21 PM  
Blogger Daffodeal said...

Just so you know, I just read your book. Fun Fun Fun! My most hysterical laughter came when you found the lovely trove of maggots hidden beneath the dish mat.
We had an mysterious "Antimyville Horror" (God, I wish I could spell) episode with a gaggle of flys in our box filled garage our recent (8 month ago) move. When I finally got through all the stupid box filled junk that needed to mostly be thrown away, I found a honkin' big rat that had decided our stuffed gargage was the perfect domicile (HA I had put poison in there for such an emergency) and then had the audacity to die in and amoungst our lovely things that were shoved in said garage. After MAJOR freaking and screaming I peered closer and saw that said rat was much like your deboned duck, however, it was a deboned rat with nasty brown husky things scattered about from whence the legion of flies has sprung. Just goes to show how long it took me to go through those boxes. My husband and I geebed out and he bravely bagged up all the yuckiness and bleached the area much like you did.
Why did I tell you this??...so you would feel better :) And know you have a kindred fly infestation story here in OK.
Oh, and I cannot believe the stupid things that people feel they can say. Sorry about Miss Butthead. My reply to her "Well, bless your heart" Which in southern terms means "Fuck off"

10:50 PM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Never attribute to malice that which could be explained by ignorance or stupidity. Perhaps the poor woman was intimidated by your fabulocity?

I'm on page 59 of your book and I'm LOVING it!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I just read your book. I was prepared to like it--indeed, I was looking forward to it.

And I'm reading along and ok, it isn't bad. A few parts made me laugh, whatever.

You then proceed to make a rather nasty little sweeping generalization about republicans (my dad and husband are, I am not--I am independent, my mom is democrat) and I get sick to my stomach and put the book down and won't even pick it up again. I find myself relieved that I got this at the library and didn't buy it. I find myself going "well, this is one I won't recommend to friends after all".

Why? WHY do people do this? Why put in nasty biting little throwaway comments that generalize an entire large chunk of the population simply because of a little D or R on someone's voting registration? I wanted to like this book--I'd heard you on the Splendid Table and it seemed an adorable concept. And with one sentence, the book was ruined.

While I'm sure you have plenty of people who this didn't ruin or who chuckled smugly to themselves and nodded, there's another chunk that was instantly aliented. So disappointing.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

we gotta replace that title , pronto- hows...everytime I check into see whats up with julie i get peeved all over again by that ill-considered comment.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Is anyone but me wondering where Julie is?

8:32 PM  
Blogger bobealia said...

If it makes you feel any better, my pregnant friend was told, "You really porked up this summer" by a co-worker who did not know she was pregnant. The nerve of some people. Amazing.

12:36 PM  
Blogger nika said...

my responses: Wow, you really carry your bone weight well too.. and those mucus membranes, fanTABulous job with that, just extraordinary.

What a boob of a person.

8:19 AM  
Blogger jazzdog said...

Hi Julie,
Last week I walked into the office of one of the engineers I work with but don't see in person very often (gotta love that internet), and after he greeted me and shook my hand, he opened with, "Wow. Your hair is a LOT grayer than the last time I saw you." Honey, some people are just dorks (and I mean that in the nicest possible way). They don't really mean any harm, they are just so socially inept that when confronted with a social moment that generally requires some bland nice-ity, they...well...they blurt. The good thing about these very awkward moments is that they make GREAT stories. And your friends can cluck their tongues and shake their heads and say, "Did she actually say that OUT LOUD!"

9:54 PM  
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