If you missed the Kickstarter and the launch party, you’ll have to get your butt to the Housing Works Bookstore cookbook section ASAP, or forever hold your peace…
Last chance, team!
Writer Walter Kirn thought he had befriended an eccentric man named Clark Rockefeller, but it turns out that the man who he thought was an aristocrat was actually a murderer, an imposter, and a master manipulator. His book Blood Will Out is about this chilling story.
In today’s interview Kirn tells us about the elaborate lies and cons he fell for as well as his experience attending the imposter’s trial. “This book is a meditation to a large degree on the social contract,” he says, “and how so much of what people appear to be is based on what they say they are, or what other people say they are.” Kirn explains how he reacted after he found out about ‘Rockefeller’s’ murderous past:
It happened gradually that I started to realize that I had been in danger. My mind protected me, at first, from that thought. But what it felt like to realize that I had been in the presence of a kind of almost Jeffrey Dahmer-like character was to suddenly realize that we’re all in danger a lot of the time. I sort of got post-traumatic stress, or some version of it, immediately. People on the street dressed as policemen we assume are policemen, and bankers in the bank we assume are bankers, not criminals posing as them. When I suddenly realized that I had it so wrong, I started not trusting my judgment about pretty much anyone at anything, and that became mind-bending.
image via Wall Street Journal
This book was amazing, and I can’t wait to hear this interview—BUT if you haven’t read it yet, I would recommend book then interview. Some seriously crazy stuff happens in the book that I think it’s nice to go in blind for.
On Monday, March 10th at 7pm, Ami Greko and I will be joining forces with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for Stock Tips: A Party About a Zine About Soup.
There will be soup-related storytelling by Dave Bry, Bex Schwartz, Kevin Nguyen, and Jaime Green, drinking, mingling, and zines for sale to benefit Housing Works.
To join our Stock Exchange, bring a recipe on an index card — as scribbled or designed as you like. Drop it in my favorite turquoise stock pot and pull out someone else’s. (It’s like a free raffle, or a potluck without the mess!)
Hope to see you there!
You guys, this is tomorrow! We are so excited! There will be free drinks, soup shots, and a Stock Exchange where you can swap recipes. Also readings and zines and hugs. Hope you can make it!
Tea party with Gail Carriger. Waiting for the werewolf gentlemen to show up.
The hashtag went viral, prompting her and friend Ami Greko to go lo-fi with an old-school, photocopied, taped, hand-folded and stapled zine about soup, even offering cross-stitched covers for bigger spenders with $8 to pledge. Very punk, Fershleiser joked.
You guys, Fersh’s, um, “décolletage” is in the paper!!!