Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

"You might as well laugh:" USA Today Reviews THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN by Erich Origen and Gan Golan

Craig Wilson writes in today's issue:  "...The parody of classic superhero comics exposes, with laugh-out-loud yet sophisticated wit, the desperate situation many Americans find themselves in today. "

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Peter Hessler and John McPhee at Lannan Foundation Nov. 10 in Santa Fe

Hear Peter Hessler in conversation with John McPhee at Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Guardian Names 69 Colebrooke Row and The Charles Lamb the Best and Second Best Places to Drink in the UK!

Agency friends Tony Conigliaro (the pioneer of molecular mixology) and Camille Hobby-Limon's 69 Colebrooke Row has been named "The Best Place to Drink in the UK," with Camille's pub The Charles Lamb coming in a healthy second!

Congratulations!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Debut of THE LANGUAGE OF INTERIOR DESIGN by Alexa Hampton

While the agency was handselling rights at the Frankfurt Book Fair, David Patrick Columbia was kind enough to cover the party for Alexa Hampton's superb THE LANGUAGE OF INTERIOR DESIGN (Clarkson Potter), which took place at John Rosselli Antiques on East 61st.

The Economist calls WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS the better book...

On the blog devoted to the individuals and ideas behind the latest trends in business and management, Schumpeter calls Rachel Botman and Roo Rogers' WHAT'S MINE IS YOURS:  The Rise of Collaborative Consumption the better of the two books, the other being THE MESH:  Why the Future of Business is Sharing by Lisa Gansky.  It doesn't quite say Gansky's business pitch is a pale imitation of Rachel and Roo's original, though that would be true.

Treehugger has a wonderful podcast interview with Roo about the book.

Edwards Magazine Bookclub reviews the book, saying:


 "Stringing together stories of change and the power of community, the authors have laid out the social and economic logic for collaborative consumption with such religious fervour and zeal that one can’t help but become converted to this new world order."

..."Botsman and Rogers weave a compelling tale of a utopian world knit together by the ubiquitous connectivity that is the Internet today. If their ideas were their own, a true consumption manifesto, we might be willing to dismiss them as new-age socialists. They are not socialists but oracles, revealing our reality and showing us the way to a better place. What’s Mine is a modern parable, showing the ideas and ideals of a better way to live without demanding that it is the only way to live. In teaching without confrontation, we learn to trust not only the idea of social consumption but we realize that we yearn for it. It is in that realization that we begin to understand the folly of our ways and seize on that desire to be a part of consumerism re-born.

If What’s Mine Is Yours sounds like a religious experience, it is pretty damned close. If you have ever questioned the hyper-consuming, hyper-speed, hyper-competitive world foisted on us by the baffoons of Jersey Shore or Big Brother, then this book will be a true awakening. If, as Botsman and Rogers claim, we express who we are by what we join, then becoming a part of the new community of consumerism and abandoning the wanton gluttony of our recent past is very telling indeed."



We're also happy to share the link to dowser's interview with Rachel, and another link to mainstreet.com's interview with Rachel.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Unemployed Man and Master of Degrees Cheered at New York Comic Con

Unemployed Man emerged from a phone booth and appeared in Good Times Square Friday night.  In Erich's words:

"Words and photos struggle to capture how delighted people were by Unemployed Man. Countless people asked to take pictures with the jobless crusader.  And yes, people even asked me to hold their children.

It was amazing to see how people completely transformed. As soon as they heard "Unemployed Man!" they would drop whatever expression they had (anger, sadness, guardedness) and just completely open up -- delighted. Beyond cheer, there were many soulful acknowledgements and sincere thanks. The reaction spanned all classes and colors of people.

We awoke at 7AM [on Saturday]. We got in costume (me as Unemployed Man again, and now Gan as Master of Degrees).

I should note that all employees everywhere -- at the hotel, convention center, etc -- really responded to us and opened up to us. We were very gratified by this. These workers had no inherent interest in comics, but they really responded and loved Unemployed Man. They told us their stories. We felt like we really made something for the working class.

So we arrived at the convention center at 8:00AM only to be foiled by a single letter -- our presentation was scheduled at 8:45 PM, not AM.
We went to the show floor and set up some books on the table. No one was there yet, so we went out side. Everywhere we went, people wanted to take pictures with Unemployed Man.

Our biggest and most ironic media coup was getting national Fox News to spotlight us on their intro to the coverage of the whole event.

After that, we went back inside and prepared for the roundtable discussion we would be speaking on. About 50 people showed up and were really enthralled with what we presented. People stayed maybe 20 minutes over and crowded us for pictures and earnest conversations. Unfortunately, no one was there to document it.

As we walked around at the beginning, people would ask us who the U guy was, but as the day went on, those same people would shout "Unemployed Man!" across the hall at us. Or we'd walk by crowds and I'd hear someone ask who I was, then hear someone else say "Unemployed Man" and that would ripple through the crowd with voices of surprise, recognition, and delight. "That is AWESOME." "That is hilarious." "This is the best thing I've seen here." I saw people instantly get the whole concept of the book as soon as they saw it."

Saturday, October 9, 2010

No Sellout: "Crazy Shopping," Dutch Musical based on Rev. Billy and The Church of Life After Shopping Pays for Anti-Mountaintop Removal Work

the above man is NOT the reverend
The hardest working man in anti-consumerism, author of the book and spiritual vortex of the documentary WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY as well as WHAT SHOULD I DO IF REVEREND BILLY IS IN MY STORE? and The Church of Life After Shopping gets written up by Melena Ryzik in today's New York Times in "Reverend Billy's Revelation:  A Role for Money."  The piece tells the story behind a gaudy Dutch musical, "Crazy Shopping," which uses as a basis several of the choir's songs, the Rev's sermons, and the image of the Rev, and is playing across the Netherlands until January.  The Church used the money from the usage permission to support their campain to end mountaintop-removal mining.

Move Over Batman! Brian Lehrer Speaks to Erich Origen and Gan Golan, authors of THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN

Unemployed Man
In a segment with Erich and Gan titled "Superhero for Today," Brian invited listeners to suggest villains for future adventures. Playing Name that Villain for Unemployed Man to Fight, suggestions included: "Lord Landlord," the evil landlord who hikes your rent and doesn't take care of your building so well; "The Headhunter," the heartless executive recruiter; and "Dr. Hiring Freeze." In a sign that this brilliant book resonates with all, some readers suggested villains already in the book.  Check out their Q&A for more background on the conception of it.

Erich and Gan, dressed as Unemployed Man and Master of Degrees respectively, will be at one of the world's largest pop culture conventions this weekend, New York Comic Con.

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