Wednesday, March 07, 2007

You're My Only Hope

Okay, guys, I'm just a wee bit nervous about this reading tomorrow. It's been awhile since I've read at all, and I've never read at the global center of hipness, Williamsburg. So - what should I read? Something from J & J, more than likely, but what passage?

Any suggestions of bits you like much appreciated....


Blogger TheScroggler said...

Page 38 would be a good place to start.

8:42 AM  
Blogger justjacques said...

As Julia might have said, "Bon courage, ma chère!" Or, maybe she would've said, "Balls to that!"

I just passed along my copy of your book to a friend at work (just FYI, I've recommended it to several of my library colleagues), so I can't refer to it. BUT, one of the salient entries I recall right now is toward the end of the book -- the dreaded fly/maggot caper. Perhaps you've been asked to do it for the umpteenth time, but that's the one that I can recall off the top of my noggin.

As Mama Rose would say, "You'll be swell (NOT swill), you'll be great . . ." Best wishes. ~ justjacques

8:46 AM  
Blogger eefers said...

OK. I'm totally coming to this. I finished your book a while back and am now going to stalk you. No, not really, but this is in my hood and I'm a big fan of J & J. I would say the lobster death scene would be a good place to start. You're guaranteed a good laugh. And some vegan hipsters might even throw PBR cans at you. Which you and I both know would be kind of fun.

9:09 AM  
Blogger justjacques said...

Oooooh, I'd forgotten about the lobster death scene! That would be a good excerpt, too!

Off to droneland for me! Play nice, all. ~ jj

9:22 AM  
Blogger Victoria Tatum said...

Would you consider putting the good word out for me for a reading I'm planning at the Tea Lounge in April Park Slope? You can check out my blog at The reading is for my book, which you can check out at

I loved Julie and Julia. Send me an email. I could use a good word since Brooklyn, while close to my heart, is 3000 miles from my home in CA.
Victoria Tatum

11:25 AM  
Blogger justjacques said...

Julie -- I should've let you know how far-flung your fame has become. I forgot to mention that the copy of J & J that I read was from a casual paperback library exchange for an apartment we rented in Brussels, Belgium during the holiday season. How cosmopolitan! (Oh, and I did leave a J.A. Jance Beaumont mystery in exchange).

2:43 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

a personal favorite of mine was the passage in which your cat got lost right after your move. I haven't read J&J in a few months but I can remember that specific part because the cat "promptly beshat himself."

We loved the word beshat so much that we started working it into conversation.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Julie, my pick for your reading (out of dozens of favs), would start on page 83 (last para.) and run through 85 or however far you want to go! Hitting people out of the blue with the lobster murder and maggot thing might be a tad off-putting.

Love you, love your book and blogs (I'm reading your 2002 blog for the first time while simultaneously reading your book for the second. My Julia obsession started with "Appetite for Life" plus got her DVDs (sixties shows) from the library. Then read you, then her "My Life in France". I'd no doubt stalk you if I lived in NYC instead of Cleveland. Very unfortunate.

Can't wait for your next book.


6:34 PM  
Blogger justjacques said...

Kathleen may be right as far as the maggot factory being a bit off-putting. Izzit a dinner reading???

Whatever you decide will be the appropriate piece to read. Have a good time! -- jj

9:11 PM  
Blogger eefers said...

It's Pete's Candy Store. You could write about maggots coming out of your vagina and no one would be put off. Don't worry, Julie. Read whatever you want. I still vote for the lobster death scene.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Almost Vegetarian said...

Bah! Don't be concerned. I've done book signings and the one thing I wish someone had told me is that the people are there because they really want to hear what you have to say. You could read the 'phone book and they would be enraptured. But you don't have to. You have a lovely book, instead. So enjoy.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Heidi B said...

I hope your reading went well! I am sure you did great. What topic did you do?

6:46 AM  
Blogger justjacques said...

Okay, Ms. Julie -- we're all waiting on nins and peedles to find out how your intimate soirée last night went . . . so, spill it! ;-)
-- Your devoted bleaders.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

why didn't I know about this reading? And I LIVE in Williamsburg. DAMN!

11:32 AM  
Blogger david said...

I'm reading your book. Three cheers for you! Found your op-ed in the NY Times and couldn't agree more. Thank you for your wonderful book and your thoughts on snobbery in the kitchen. Good Luck to you and Eric and I am looking forward to your next book, David Stern

4:36 PM  

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