It’s not what I had in mind when I set this goal, and it wasn’t something I was aiming for… it just sort of happened (but don’t think that I’m not busting with pride just the same. I’m stoked!) Anna Jane Grossman, author of the book Obsolete, was a recent Hey Brooklyn interviewee, and I take portraits of all my guests. When Gizmodo needed a photo for her for an article she wrote, they asked to use mine, and of course I said yes.
It was front page for a while, with her cute face – my handiwork – front and center. And it was huge!
Half the comments were about how hot she is, and one compared her to a pug! Anna Jane, you are way hotter than a smooshed-face dog.
So, mission unwittingly accomplished. I don’t think this is what I had in mind, but if my photograph was on the front page of one of the biggest blogs in the world, I’m calling it done and done. Rock!
p.s. you can go here to read the article.
Anna Jane was fun to interview, and it was great to have a woman on the show after a long string of manly guests. We giggled our way through a lot of it, and I imagined Rob on the other side of the booth wall getting really uncomfortable; we were talking about “body hair” and “waxing down there”. Good stuff.
Her new book, Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By is awesome. It’s a book of things that are becoming obsolete but we can still find and can definitely still remember. In the interview she says that she wrote it for herself – it’s not covered wagons or butter churns that she’s talking about, it’s stuff from our early 80′s childhood: answering machines, rotary phones, Polaroid pictures*, mini discs, and boomboxes. Since she and I are about the same age, it rang all the same bells for me, too.
Anna Jane has a contest going on on her Obsolete Blog:
Every day [until September 21], I’ll be accepting submissions…: photos, videos, short essays, audio clips, etc. Each day, the best submissions will be featured [the Obsolete Blog]; each day’s winning entrant will receive a free signed copy of OBSOLETE.
To enter, please email me your submission to ObsoleteTheBook@gmail.com or use the form [on the blog]. Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you win.
But wait! There’s more! If you are a TUMBLR or FACEBOOK or TWITTER user and you reblog or mention this post, you will receive a little token of my appreciation. For free! Via mail! Old school, right? All you have to do is email me a link to the reblogged post, or a screen shot, and your mailing address.
*I can’t possibly the only person in the world who says “Polaroid picture” and then has to think, “Shake it, uh, uh, uh! Shake it! Hey ya! Shake it like a Polaroid picture!”