One, True Tales of Lust and Love #17, where I tell a story about when a one-night stand should stay a one-night stand and a succession of lovely ladies—Claire Titelman, Cole Kazdin, Kelly Carlin and Alison Agosti to be specific—tell tales of porn sets, long break ups for short relationships, hooking up with teen idols and why lusting after a man while loving a car doesn’t always mesh.
Two, I was a guest on my old friend Alison Rosen’s hit podcast Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend (note: “old” in this context does not mean that either Alison or I are old, as we are eternally youthful of course [using other people's toothbrushes helps] [[a reference you will only get if you listen to the podcast]].
I’m thrilled to report that the Tom Sizemore biography that I wrote, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There, is on the NY Times bestseller list (and above a book with a title made up of three words that our society is arguably more obsessed with than any other: Salt Sugar Fat).
The book has gotten some very nice reviews, including this one that got reprinted in seemingly every publication in America (no argument here).
So…the fabulous and insightful Nic Sheff and I have been speaking at colleges and treatment centers and other events about addiction and recovery. The bulk of our message—which you can get a glimpse of here—is how important it is to feel comfortable in your own skin, without needing chemicals to get you there. To kick-start our summer of speaking events, we’re hosting a Spreecast on Thursday, May 2nd at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST. And we want you to join us! All you have to do is join Spreecast (the coolest site ever, in case you’re not familiar with it yet) and then sign into our chat by using this link on Thursday, May 2nd at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST.
Once there, you’ll be able to see us both, hear us chat and then participate yourself by asking questions or sharing your own stories. If you have any questions about this, just let me know (anna at annadavid dot com). Spree you then!
Check out this video I made that breaks it down…
So the big Recovery Fair I spent forever planning (which you heard me “cheerfully” “complain” about if you follow me on Twitter)? That happened. And it was great. Which ideally you can tell from the photo here or maybe from me picking my five favorite moments from the event for Los Angeles Magazine.
On the opposite side of the work spectrum (depending, of course, on how you perceive these things), the audio recording of last weekend’s True Tales of Lust and Love is setting all sorts of records, thanks to a hair-raising, laugh-until-you-pee, vomit-inside-your-mouth-a-little story from one Pamela Ribon. Go see what all the fun is about yourself here (it’s the 11/12 show listed at the top and hers is the third story (though all the stories are great) (of course). Just please do not have as much fun as the unnamed man in her story did, okay?
I get interesting email. See below.
My name is [retracted] and I’m a teenage entrepreneur. Starting at 14, I’ve worked my way up in the online business world. Behind the computer, everyone assumes I’m just a regular 30 year old with a couple of kids and a wife but no one really knows the truth, or very few I should say. By the age of 15, I had a company that I was managing from my computer at night and from my phone, in class, by day. I had employees, regular customers and orders to fill. Balancing school, homework, an unnecessary part-time job, and my business was tough. At the age of 16, I sold over $100,000 worth of my software. I’ve just turned 17, and I’m working towards my next bench mark. I’m looking for someone who may be interested in writing on me. May it be a short article or a biography, I’m very content with any exposure. Please, let me know.
But at least I know that about myself, which we all know is the first step toward recovery. Though I can’t say for certain that there will be recovery in terms of this problem. I mean, I essentially blog my thoughts, 140 characters at a time, so what else could I possibly say here?
Maybe that I adore you for even reading this?
That I had a lovely summer?
That I got a prison letter today so my demographic remains strong in that segment of the population?
That True Tales, The Fix, and speaking at colleges is all still going strong? That I still love my cats to an almost disturbing degree? That Sizemore is coming out in April?
These things are all true.
So is the part about my adoration!
And the prison letter.
Okay, so there was a bit of a bait and switch there, with me posting last Saturday’s Love and Lust and then taking it down and replacing it with a previous show (if you missed all that—well, I think you should probably be taking school a bit more seriously than you do). (Not that I judge.) But all that is ancient history anyway because Chi Mike has come to the rescue, as he is wont to do, and edited the part of the last show that needed editing so it’s now utterly perfect. I am thus now presenting you with the Chi Mike-edited last show of Tales of Lust and Love, which I won’t be taking down. (Unless I seriously lose my mind.) (Which isn’t likely.) (But you never know.)