It’s another article about blogs being turned into books. Of course, FREEwilliamsburg wasn’t a blog when I secured my book deal but I’m happy to get another shout out. The print edition included a very earnest looking picture of me. You can read the article here. And here’s a jpg: View image
From the article “Why Blog? Reason No. 92: Book Deal“
But there are successes. On the nonhumor front, the best seller “Julie and Julia,” about a woman who cooked one Julia Child recipe a day, started as a blog, and “The Hipster Handbook,” spawned from freewilliamsburg.com in 2003, has sold 39,000, according to Nielsen BookScan.
The article is largely about the hilarious blog Stuff White People Like. Ironically, I mentioned this blog to my agent early in February knowing it would translate well to print. Looks like another agent beat him to it.
Incidentally, The Hipster Handbook has sold many more copies than reported by BookScan which often doesn’t account for sales at independent and college book stores, the places where the satirical book has sold very well.
Next month, I’ll be travelling to lovely Minneapolis to do a reading from The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right. I’m looking forward to meeting Richard Dawkins who will be the main event of the conference. Here’s the scoop:
AMERICAN ATHEISTS returns to historic Minneapolis, MN
for our 34th National Conference!
March 21-23, 2008
Join us for a weekend of workshops, panels, talks by noted speakers and other activities. Minneapolis is also one of the premier tourism destinations in this part of the nation, so you’ll want to consider making your Conference visit an extended weekend. More information here.
And then in April, I’ll be part of a panel discussing “humor in journalism” at The New Yorker Conference. Details to follow (once I get them).
From the New York Times article Has Billburg Lost its Cool:
Some stirrings are coming from within. If lower rents in Manhattan were not reason enough to move, some Williamsburgers are finding the tribal mentality in their neighborhood suffocating and any resemblance to bohemia lacking.
”The Hipster Handbook” (Anchor Books, 2002) written by a Williamsburg author, list 10 species of the urban creature, ranging from the UTF (Unemployed Trust-Funder) to the WASH (Waitstaff and Service Hipster). So why, many residents wonder, does everyone in Williamsburg dress alike?
”Everyone is trying so hard to be different,” said Jess Holl, 23, an editor at Black Book, a glossy culture magazine, ”but in the end, they end up looking the same. It’s not the same artsy community I first saw back in 1999. When too many people hop on the Williamsburg bandwagon, it’s time to get off.”…
Robert Lanham, the author of ”The Hipster Handbook,” and the founder of a Webzine called Free Williamsburg, would seem like the last person to knock the neighborhood. But when Mr. Lanham, who has lived in Williamsburg since 1996, looks outside his window, he sees what he called the ”paradox of hipster culture” slowly coming to an end.
”Williamsburg is having an identity crisis,” Mr. Lanham said. ”It’s kind of absurd that these kids who went to fancy schools are dressing like they’re construction workers. The struggling artist is a myth. Williamsburg is a pseudo bohemia.”
Rather than stick around, Mr. Lanham has started an apartment hunt himself.