Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I cannot WORK under these CONDITIONS.

I mean, dude. C'mon. They are filming one single block from my house. I can see the set from my window. They've got this prettied-up version of our old Bronco, the one that had no rear window and mushrooms would grow in the back in the spring time. The movie one is a Jeep, and has a rear window. It also has a Texas bumper sticker and a WWF one (World Wildlife Fund, not Worldwide Wrestling Federation.)

And I'm expected not to stalk? Oh, please....


Blogger gina said...

I would be there every single day...giving direction to the director...doing it MY way...

It is your story....Make sure they tell it the way that you want them too...

6:26 AM  
Blogger O'Reilly said...

Be a rebel Julie. Don your wig and trench coat. Take a pseudonym. "...no I am Janice Moore, a few people do mistake me for the effervescent Julie Powell."

8:11 AM  
Blogger Kerry said...

This no way relates to your neighborhood film stalking. Just wanted to tell you I finished your book this morning -- loved it. Thanks so much for putting it all out there like that -- gimlets, maggots, potty mouth and all. Fuck yeah.

Any relation to the Portland Powells? Best bookstore in the world, just a short walk from my house. Got your book there, of course.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is the first I'm hearing about the movie version--very cool. I loved your book so much that I often just GIVE away my copy to friends and then buy myself a new one eventually. Which I give away again. Thanks for all the laughs!

3:36 PM  
Blogger reneeh said...

Answer: Yes, stalk.

I recently picked up your book in the bargain bin at the Borders for $3.99 and regret only paying that amount because I LOVED your book! Then I read in Entertainment Weekly that Amy Adams was to play you... and all I can say is that I hope she gains the 20 "butter" pounds in the true depiction of You. Thank you for letting us readers be a "fly on the wall" of your kitchen. Eagerly awaiting book #2...

3:43 PM  
Blogger WendyWings said...

I don't blame you for wanting to stalk, I mean hello they are filming your life.
Go undercover,don a long red wig that would be ironic considering AA is currently sporting your hair :)

5:21 PM  
Blogger FlorrieMarie said...

I live over by Bway in Astoria and they were filming a scene at my corner bodega. lol. I never saw it so FANCY! Its so funny how hollywood loves to pretty up stuff. I think the bodega has plenty of charm in its own grungy queens kind of way. *shrug*

8:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

dude. i would totally stalk them. don't resist: go for it! :)

9:14 PM  
Blogger Polly said...

Julie, this is off topic and I apologize for that. But just this morning I saw in the grocery store circular blue mussels on sale for $3.99 for a 2 lb. bag. I told my husband how, when I read your book, you were always whipping up mussels in cognac or whatever at the spur of the moment and being that we've never made mussels, well, you can see where I'm going I think. Can you please tell me what to do with mussels? I'll be eternally grateful. Merci beaucoup.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This comment isn't really related to this post, but I wanted to send you something all the same. I have been listening to the audio version of Julie and Julia, and it's great. This is the first time I've listened to an audio book, and I'm so glad this was it and that you read it yourself. I feel like I know better how it's supposed to sound because you're doing the reading.

I've been listening to it on my commute to and from work, and I'm pretty sure other people on the train think I'm a nutcase because I keep giggling at random moments (so it seems to them).

Anyway, I think you've done JC proud. Hope they don't botch the movie version.

7:45 AM  
Blogger EverydayEnvironmentalist said...

I know someone who is working on this film and he has totally got me hooked to your blog. I can't wait to see the movie and hope it's as good as the book!

I work as a publicist and am handling this food/theater event on Monday night in the city. There will be lots of yummy food from great NY chef's and they're honoring Judith Jones. If you would want to check it out, I'm sure I could get you and your husband on the guest list.

9:13 AM  
Blogger THAT-GIRL said...

DO IT!! STALK! I would do it if it were me! I would walk the dog and just by happenstance wander on to the set! That would be outrageously funny! Then you have to come back and tell us all about it!

Have fun!
Monroe, LA

1:52 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

Just finished your book today! I loved it...will recommend on my blog! Food, NYC and blogging are three of my all-time favorite things.

7:05 PM  
Blogger suzanneelizabeths.com said...

I can't wait to see the movie...won't it be fun to see yourself portrayed on the screen?!


9:51 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hi Julie!

I finished your book last week and quickly passed it off to a friend so she could read. The book was a great read!

You've even sort of inspired me to do a simiular experiment, only with the Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

Okay so I won't be doing the whole in a year thing because really I'd kill myself and my parents would too. I'm so impressed that you actually did what you did the MtAoFC.

So anyway, thanks for inspiring me. You've also gotten me off my writers butt. :)

1:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

After finishing your book I googled the blog to find out it will be a movie:) So excited...just finished it yesterday, could not put it down. YEAH!!

7:44 PM  
Blogger Kristina B said...

Love your blog!!! I want to be you when I grow. The book was great too. :-)


How Not To Be A Chef

1:01 PM  
Blogger juliemarg said...

like Kerry, I'm off topic, but it's been a very long time since I bought a book, took it home, started reading and didn't stop til I reached the last page. Thanks for a great Saturday!

8:15 AM  
Blogger sugarmeg said...


Seriously, could you ask for a more delightful and gorgeous representation of yourself? SCORE!

I just hope she manages to capture the cynical life-is-not-perfect wit that you brought to the book and that made me love you oh so many years ago!

i can't wait to see it!

and Ed Levine has a cameo!

1:13 PM  
Blogger NZGIRL said...

Hi Julie First time I've written to a blog but felt compelled to after reading 3/4 of your fantastic book. What a great insight into New York. You husband is gorgeous and with I could see your friends. Hope you are making loads of money from your book and film. Just love the way you talk/write. Also-NZ Lamb is really expensive in NZ too.

6:31 PM  
Blogger curiousbutton said...

Most days I merely dislike my, admittedly not dead-end, job. Yesterday I swore during a presentation at work (surprisingly, this was actually the first time) and got told off by my boss, who I respect. I've been dieting for a month and am huuungry and food obsessed. I got home after this shitty, hating my job, mortifying day, starving hungry and thought: what could I read to cheer myself up? I randomly picked up your book for my many-many-th re-read and found it was the perfect companion to that kind of day: I even managed to laugh. I just wanted to say thank you for letting me know I'm not the only swearing, food-obsessed person out there! Hope you enjoy stalking the movie and I can't wait for it to come out.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Writing it out said...

gosh.....what are they gonna do, arrest you?
gimme a break. Just Stalk!

2:36 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Hi Julie--I read your blog after the fact--a friend told me about it when it was actually just about to end in real time. If I had any self control I would read just one day at a time--never happened. Anyway, I'm sure you know this, but you were a Jeopardy answer this week (was on 4/29/08). "Julie Powell's book about mastering Julia Child's recipes began as this type of online journal."

4:26 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Being a former (sigh) New Yorker, I've learned that no one will know the real New York through film. They need to pretty it up, because reality has a lot more disgusting power than the opposite. But I'm sorta glad of it. It's like a secret held for only a select few.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Blogger said...

Okay, so this comment is not in response to your latest posting but to let you know that I just returned from a cruise to Alaska and read your book on the way to catching the ship. I am married to author Peter H Gregory (you can Wikipedia him) and am his biz mgr so we experience the insanity of writing deadlines, and all that goes with it, on a regular basis. We also know all about starry eyed fans who think writing and being published must be something close to being a movie star! As you well know, it's a boat load of hard ass work...the kind that makes your eyes cross and your friends and family want to kill you!

Anyway, I hate cooking but loved your book. Not sure how that makes sense but my husband often compares me to Erma Bombeck, but now thinks I must be JC's twin, since I read some of Paul's journal entries to him. The comparison is limited of course. I'm 5'4" and hate cooking.

I met my husband via an online dating service. The personality test we took said we were the perfect match and so it was, except for our taste in food. The first time Peter showed up at my house he had pate, pepper crackers, some weird cheese I'd never heard of and a bottle of chardonay under his arm. Now he says, "I should have brought chips, salsa and a margarita" (my family is from Texas and New Mexico. Need I say more?).

Anyway, food can be the thing that binds us together or the thing that makes us look at our mate as if they are from another planet. On said latest cruise, I ordered some chicken dish. I didn't know what it was but seafood was the other choice (eww...no!). As I peeled bright, artificially pink skin away from the meat, bewildered at the color, my husband smugly commented, "Haven't you ever had Tandoori Chicken before?" I wanted to slap him.

So, before I have my second "this is the last day of my vacation" margarita, I'll close by saying thanks for the laughs and the guts to write so candidly. I enjoyed your book a great deal!! Since Peter is saying he wants to try a different writing style someday soon, I'll be passing your book along to him for inspiration. Currently, he's a complete techno-geek, with a high IQ and an annoying knowledge on just about every topic, albeit in an encyclopedic-sort of way. The human element, with all its feelings and emotions, is, I'm afraid, somewhat beyond his grasp as of yet. No doubt the following is a sexist remark but I'll say that maybe such writing is best left to the women!

Anyway, thanks again and best of luck to you,

~ Becky

6:14 PM  
Blogger JacquelineC said...

I just read Ed Levine's post on his experience as an extra. Had to share my thoughts with you. I've ordered the book today. Sorry to be so tardy, just a tad bitter that you did the book before me. But I thank you for doing it and I congratulate you on the success. Here's my post. Enjoy.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Just read your book for our book group and I am now inspired to post to your blog. We made an event of the discussion - the hostess made some desserts out of MtAofFC, I brought some Scharffen Berger chocolate, and we sipped French wine. I enjoyed your book immensely-funny, irreverent (but not about Julia!), and realistic. I have children living in Manhattan and Brooklyn and they have had similar experiences with temp work, plumbing issues, and late night meals. By the way, even here in Maine we struggle with cooking lobster. Hope you will continue your writing- looking forward to your next literary venture.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

I just finished reading your book, I loved it and was cheered up knowing you are writing and drinking and cooking and swearing...not in that exact order.

Thanks, and write like hell, we can't wait!

9:41 AM  
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9:04 AM  
Blogger jkmcfadd said...

Julie who knew? A month or so ago I was contacted by the film makers who wanted a jar or two of the salsa. I have gone from wandering aimlessly on the Sonoran Desert dressed only in a cheap boarder town serepe and a pair of wingtipped shoes, to Chick Flik immortality. Thank you so much for diggin the sauce and givin me ink.

J.K. McFadden (Sauce Spreader)

7:17 AM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Hey Julie

I have a site where I compare books to food. I have just posted a review of Julie and Julia and would love for you to check it out...I'm hoping that you're curious to find out what food I compared it too, a little tricky considering the nature of your novel. It would be bloody excellent if you could leave a comment too.


I loved it, loved the idea and often felt like I was there sweating, cooking and drinking with you. Thanks for the great read.


12:08 PM  
Blogger SO said...

Just saw a picture of Amy Adams as you in Entertainment Weekly. My boyfriend pretty much thought my squeeling was inappropriate, but COOL! Looking forward to the movie.

12:42 PM  
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