So, like, Bonjour. Under orders from my publicist, I am to begin blogging today from my kitchen table here in Geneva, Switzerland, where I've been living with my husband, the Amazing Bob, for the past three or five years or so. The idea is that millions of readers will be hanging on my every word from overseas based on the success of my last two books-- which actually had very little to do with living in Europe -- but lots to do with attitude and ineptitude and my own highly partisan, potty-mouthed opinions. So tah-dah. Here we are.
Over the next few days/weeks/months, I'll be delivering dispatches from Kitscherland, otherwise known as One of the Whitest Places on Earth, except for Geneva, where I live, which is so international that it actually rivals my hometown of New York City (is that blasphemy?) Riding the buses here, I'm part of a daily smorgasbord of the United Nations: African men in kente cloth, Arabic women in hajibs, Italian teenagers with rhinestone cellphones and hair gel, stooped Portuguese men in tweed jackets, blue-haired French women with moth-balled Chanel and Chihuahuas in hangbags, cool blondes speaking Russian, bedraggled tourists speaking Dutch, diplomats in pin-stripes speaking Swahili. And then, of course, there are us Americans. You can always find us because we're the ones speaking English the top of our lungs, drowning out everyone else on the bus. There's a metaphor in this, but that's for another time. Anyway, thus begins my story. I'll keep it updated -- but only when I feel I have something genuinely interesting or funny to say. Life is too short for me to waste your time.
But if you are still in the mood to procrastinate, why not pre-order my new book on Amazon.com? It's called "Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven," it comes out in March 2009, and it is about being overseas and getting into all sorts of trouble-- except that it takes place in China, not Yurup. It's a true story. It's funny, it's harrowing, it's a page-turner. There. I've done it. The shameless self-promotion as instructed. Now I can get back just being a writer.
But please, stay tuned. And thank you for reading.
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