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so today, walking crosstown on 34th street, people watching as i stomped along to my mp3 player i had one of those reminders of why i love new york so much. i was in a pretty good mood, since the doctor told me i wasn't going to die and all.

sitting on a bench reading a paper on the corner of 34th and 6th, was a man who stopped my bopping dead - he looked remarkably like kurt vonnegut. now, being a major book nerd, i actually know what the man looks like. he was rather absorbed in his paper, and, if it really was the man, i knew that going up to him with fan glee was just going to get me barked at, or ignored.

i tried the witty approach:

me:pardon me sir, sorry to interrupt your reading, but i was curious if you believe in autographs?
kv:::clear throat:: ::irritated look:: no, i don't sorry, i don't believe in pens. makes autographs devilishly difficult
me: (pause for witty comeback, totally dead on feet) ) uh, good thing i have this pencil then.
kv:::chuckle:: son, do yourself a favor, go away before i have someone bigger than you bother you the way you are bothering me.
me: sorry mr. vonnegut
kv:i'm surprised you even recognized me, now git.

and i did.

how cool was your day?


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Jun. 3rd, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
that is so fucking awesome!
Jun. 3rd, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
ain't it?
i felt like a total booknerd fanboi asking him, but ya gotta try sometimes y'know?
Jun. 3rd, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
If you're still interested in his autograph, I have a signed copy of "mother night" that I'd be willing to part with for a reasonable price.
Jun. 3rd, 2004 04:56 pm (UTC)
it is not so much that i am interested in having his autograph, so much as i was _getting_ it, y'know? at least he shot me down with class.

thanks for the offer though!
Jun. 3rd, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: heh
Hell, it was worth a try.

Good story, by the way.
Jun. 3rd, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
My senior year of high school I briefly worked for the author Phyllis Chesler, and she made me reorganize her Rolodex. Kurt Vonnegut was in there. I wrote down his address and telephone number. It's still in the side pocket of my plaid skirt. Do you want it?
Jun. 4th, 2004 03:58 am (UTC)
i will definitely call on this if i ever want to make my parody of "being john malkovitch" aka "stakling kurt vonnegut".
Jun. 3rd, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
Woowoo! That is too cool!
Jun. 4th, 2004 03:57 am (UTC)
aint it?
definitely made my day.
Jun. 3rd, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
is he still rocking the mark twain / einstein look?
Jun. 4th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
Totally not that cool. I envy you, but then, things like that are part of why I moved to NYC...
Jun. 4th, 2004 03:57 am (UTC)
i think the fact that you are now ny-metro is pretty damn cool
Jun. 4th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
Re: word
Well, if you can consider central northern New Jersey as "Metro". But then I guess you can, since people commute from here...
Jun. 4th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC)
forget the autograph, you got to talk to him! three cheers for mr. kilgore trout.
Jun. 5th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
he is a hero of mine.
btw - glad to hear things worked out well in bkln. hope you are mending well. give your lovely wife a hullo from me.
Jun. 4th, 2004 06:56 am (UTC)
i would have asked "What were yuo smoking when you wrote Slaughter house five?...and where can i get it?"
Jun. 5th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
i wouldn't want to insult the man's talent by inferring he needed chemicals to come up with that work.
Jun. 4th, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC)
that is off the hook.
Jun. 5th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
ain't it though?
he is definitely too cool for school
Jun. 4th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
not that cool!! but a few weeks ago Mel Brooks ogled me.

KV! So lucky! Today we stalked Julianne Moore. She's got hot lips. mmmm...

um, you were maybe going to die? que tal?
Jun. 5th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
just from being sick
i was being playfully melodramatic.
hot lips eh? mel brooks is such a randy old goat.
Jun. 5th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
Re: just from being sick
Ah, I figured that out after I'd read the bits about exploding sinuses of acid.

yes, hot lips. mmm...*oh* I already said that. hehehe...
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