On October 14, the latest installment of my Snob’s Dictionary series of humor books, The Wine Snob’s Dictionary, comes out. It was written with David Lynch, the wine guy from the Batali-Bastianich restaurant empire, not the fright-haired director of Blue Velvet. I’ll be updating Snobsite shortly with some selections from the book, so you can sample before you buy–just like at a wine store, except without the low-grade buzz. Should you wish to buy the book and drink wine simultaneously, Lynchie and I will be doing some synergistic readings/tastings at independent bookstores on the East and West coasts this October and November. I’ll have those dates up soon.
On the evening of October 6, I will be participating in a reading at the Half King (Sebastian Junger’s Chelsea saloon) to celebrate the publication of Da Capo Books’ annual Best American Music Writing anthology. This year’s guest editor, Nelson George, was kind enough to include my Vanity Fair excavation of Sly Stone in the book, so I’ll be reading from that and talking music along with Nelson and some music writers of authentic repute, such as Gary Giddins and Sam Kashner. This is a recession-friendly event; admission is free.