2008 is off to a good start for me: my review of Steve Martin’s new autobiography Born Standing Up (and my first-ever newspaper book review) is running in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.
While I am clearly comfortable critiquing other newspaper book critics, I’d never imagined until recently that I’d ever see my own byline in print. I met editor Frank Wilson at a panel on book reviewing in 2006, and it’s due to his generosity (as well as the encouragement of some blogging colleagues) that I was given this chance. I was nervous writing the review, and I sure was nervous as hell this morning reading it back. But I guess I sound like I know what I’m talking about, and I see I managed to name-check Wittgenstein and Descartes in an article about comedy, so it must be me.
LitKicks is still on hiatus (until Thursday or so) as I try to get our new poetry software to work. Happy New Year, people!