Last night Adam & I went to a reading of "My First New York: Early Adventures in the Big City (As Remembered by Actors, Artists, Athletes, Chefs, Comedians, Filmmakers, Mayors, Models, Moguls, Porn Stars, Rockers, Writers, and Others" at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene.
The book is a collection of candid stories from some of our favorite New Yorkers, talking about their experiences moving to New York. The reading last night featured 3 out of the 50 contributors: Parker Posey, Kara Walker, and David Rakoff. I admit I went because of Parker Posey. I'm a fan. No shame. She was totally my girl crush before "girl crush" was even a term that people used... we're talking 1993. I first saw her Dazed & Confused and I pretty much made a point of seeing all of her movies after that.
But it was really Party Girl that got me. It came out 2 years before I graduated high school and I was just aching to get out of MA and dying to move to New York. Which is funny, because this is sort of what the book is about- why people move to NYC and the weird/ awful/ amazing experiences we all have moving here, and why we stay. I think I just ended up rambling a bit on my love for Parker Posey, but the point is... the book is awesome and I love New York.
I was too much of a starstuck nerd to meet her or even get a photo last night. But she didn't disappoint... she was as sweet and funny and snarky as you wanted her to be.
You can still read some of the stories on nymag.com, from Andy Sandberg, Maggie Gyllenhall, and Chloe Sevigny among lots of others.