Last night at Drom, a metaphor comparing (of all things) the hand of a friend about to give one his first pubescent homosexual handjob and a sucking starfish helped to win The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt author Jon-Jon Goulian first place in the Literary Death Match. The 5-year-old event is currently on a two month tour through 31 cities, the New York version of which included an unlikely cast of literary, tech, and comedy types.
Mr. Goulian was matched for a seven-minute reading in the first round against Emily Gould, who read a new piece about a girl in Kansas who had kind of a shitty boyfriend and didn’t like to jog (but did it anyway).
The New York Post this morning wrote of Jon-Jon Goulian’s “pre-crash deal” with Random House–the reported $700,000 advance for a book that, despite its ample publicity, has been “notably absent from best-seller lists.” The Post quotes a figure of 957 copies sold of Mr. Goulian’s memoir of gender confusion, a figure Nielsen Bookscan quoted Read More
Is there anybody more likable than Jon-Jon Goulian? Toned, tanned, bedaubed with fantastic eye makeup–the first and only cross-dresser ever to have worked at The New York Review of Books–Mr. Goulian has made friendliness his life’s work, tricking successive generations of newcomers into thinking that the New York literary world is populated with attractive and Read More
China Chalet, a Financial District restaurant that hosted a party for the film The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, is during the day invaded by barbarian brokers and hedge funders. But last Thursday it turned into a balkanized state, each out-of-place guest handpicked by director Zeina Durra. The crew of misfits high and low uncannily resembled Read More
Above, Friday night in the East Village outside Plan B, where Farrar, Straus & Giroux and LitMob.com co-hosted a book party for 2666, the highly anticipated new novel from late Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.
Trouble was, no one at FSG thought to make a guest list, so every little Read More
Jon-Jon Goulian, the bewildering intellectual androgyne who spent four years assisting Bob Silvers at the New York Review of Books, has sold a memoir to Random House for what a publishing source said was a sum in the high six figures.
Executive editor Kate Medina acquired the book in a preempt; literary agents Edward Orloff Read More