Hi all. Thanks so much for reading and discussing my book, and special thanks to Jessica Stockton for nominating it, and for being so generally suppportive since it came out. Anyone visiting NYC should be sure to stop by McNally Robinson, the bookstore where Jessica works. It’s one of the best in New York, and also has a terrific cafe, a.k.a. my office. We staged a very fun book event there last year, where I was able to sidestep my hatred of public speaking by having a couple of actors (the hilarious Al Ramos and Stuart Rudin) dramatically read a handful of the “transcript” scenes as Sacco and Vanzetti. Al and Stu actually used to do a sort of fat-skinny meta-vaudeville thing on various off-Broadway stages, so they couldn’t have been more perfect. (They’d been recommended by another Dalkey author, Meredith Brosnan, who is also a playwright. His novel, Mr. Dynamite, is a great relentless rant... READ THIS! Especially if you’re a fan of Sam Lipsyte’s Homeland. It’s that tone of sustained misanthropic hilarity, only in this case very Irish.)
So, the punchline of this anecdote is, I later discovered that Stu, who played Vanzetti, and who is an incredibly sweet guy in real life, had a small but key role in Silence of the Lambs. He was the mental patient who greets Jodie Foster the first time she goes to visit Hannibal Lector. I won’t repeat his full line in a public setting that my mother might stumble across, but it begins with the words, “I can smell your” ... That was Vanzetti.
Okay. I guess Ed Champion will be posting a podcast later this week, and Dan Wickett just sent over a Q&A. Beyond that, I’m not sure if I have much else to say about the book, but am happy to answer any specific questions. Just post in comments if you'd like. More tk.