The joy and splendor of travel lost on one man

A Brief Plug for Two Friends.

I’m briefly interrupting my riveting travelogue to mention two friends who have Big Things in the works.

The first is Mat Johnson. Mat and I met years six years ago when he was teaching at Bard and Pam and I were living the area while she underwent chemo in NYC.

Not only is Mat a good friend and overall outstanding human being, he’s also a talented author. His latest book, Pym, is getting rave reviews from NPR’s “Fresh Air,” the “New York Times Sunday Book Review,” “Time Out Chicago” (Frank, are you still out there?) and countless other major outlets.

Grab your copy today.

If you do, Mat might cheer up before his next author’s photo.

Don't make Mat reach through your computer and slap you.

The second friend is Doug Heye. Doug and I have known each other since we were in grade school. This Friday, he is appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He will play the role of “Conservative Villain.”

Even though Doug is a heartless Republican who sweetens his coffee with the blood of newborn kittens, he’s always good for a laugh. I wish him well this Friday. He’s walking straight into the lion’s den.

And here’s the “Official Doug Heye Television Appearance Fundraiser Game:” make a contribution to every time Doug references “The A-Team,” the New York Yankees, “Smokey and the Bandit” or Frank Sinatra.

He’ll either have to not speak for the entire show or single-handedly put the Democrats in office for another term.

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  4. Ray

    Curiously enough, Nick, in the relatively brief time I’ve known you, you’ve referenced Smokey and the Bandit more than any other person I can recall.

    And that’s just one of the many things I love about you.

    Keep your balls clean,

    Ray (“Horsehead”) Harvey

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    I have found your blog to be most entertaining and educational at the same time. Clearly, though, the most incredible piece of information I’ve learned is that you have two friends. Will wonders never cease?

  6. chris

    thanks for the posts. Nice billing for your friends. i watch will maher so I will definatley have him and and watch your friend. Sure miss you guys and can’t wait for you to get home…kisses to you all


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