Seinfeldians, mark your calendars: On July 5, 2016, Seinfeldia is officially out, and we will celebrate its release at the lovely Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Join me for drinks, Seinfeld clips, discussion, and fun at 7 p.m. More details about Word here.
I’ll be talking about the fine art of pitching (its wonders and horrors) with some other excellent journalists tonight in Midtown NYC at the Professional Journalists in New York meetup. Anyone is welcome, so come on by. More info is here.
I’ve suddenly got not one, but two, chances at geeky sitcom talk — talk that you can witness and participate in! — coming up at events in March. As far as I can tell, I have Saul Austerlitz and his very cool book Sitcom to thank for this; we’re essentially becoming a road show this month even though we haven’t met yet.
I find myself suddenly with a few events coming up, and I’d love to see any friendly faces there, whether in Ohio (this weekend) or in Brooklyn (next month). I’m looking forward to talking Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted again after several months of burrowing away behind walls of snow to research Seinfeld. These are also my favorite kind of events … the kind organized by someone else! Here’s what’s coming:
Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.: I’ll be the keynote speaker at Bowling Green State University’s annual Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies (in, naturally, Bowling Green, OH). The official talk title: “The Modern TV Woman: How The Mary Tyler Moore Show Pushed Boundaries and Paved the Way for Carrie Bradshaw, Liz Lemon, and Mindy Lahiri.” Basically, I’m going to show some racy Mary Tyler Moore Show clips and talk about them. Details here.
Saturday, March 15, 5-7 p.m.: I’ll read and sign books at the Lit at Lark reading series, along with Saul Austerlitz, author of Sitcom, a totally fun (and obviously related) book. Lark Cafe is at 1007 Church Ave. in Brooklyn.
My Sexy Feminismco-author, Heather Wood Rudulph, and I will talk feminist sex at The Pleasure Chest in LA tonight with our special guest star, sex therapist and badass feminist Moushumi Ghose. We’ll be discussing how feminism makes sex better and answering questions from the audience. (Or, more accurately, watching Mou answer questions from the audience, since she’s the professional here.) To get warmed up, a few of our past pieces about feminist sex:
Tonight I’m doing what may be my favorite event of my book tour — certainly it’s in the top 3. I’m hosting a panel discussion about female television writers (one of my pet topics, obviously) with Mary Tyler Moore Show writer Treva Silverman (a major inspiration in writing Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted), Eileen Myers (Hung, Big Love, Last Resort), Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (Greek, The Carrie Diaries). And we’ll be at my favorite book store in LA, Book Soup. We’ll talk sexist moments, favorite female characters, comedy versus drama, and more. See you at 7 p.m., Angelenos!
I had the pleasure today of giving a long-planned talk about Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted at the National Archives. I was going to tell you all about it, but we drove to DC from New York this morning to get to the talk by noon, and now we’re at my boyfriend’s grandma’s in Frederick, Maryland, and I am tired. Plus! It was well-documented by other sources anyway. (Of course it was; it’s the National Archives.) I will just add that the building is grand, the theater is grand, and Douglas Swanson, my liaison there, is a classy dude who just intuitively knew when to come out and wait for me by the entrance to the building.
What was Mary’s relationship status in the pilot episode? Which character’s spinoff lasted the longest? What was Chuckles the Clown’s credo?
The answers to these questions could win you free copies of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, T-shirts, mugs, and even free subscriptions to Entertainment Weekly, if you join us for the book launch/trivia contest at 7 p.m. tonight at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn. Hope to see you there!