6.15.2006

Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know

How is it I'm always the last to know?



Douglas Coupland—aka Dreamy McDreamerstein—is gay. I'm swooning over here.

Douglas was the first author I read and loved and then met in person on a rainy night when I had to take two buses and dash two blocks under oak trees and awnings to get to his reading at the then-Hungry Mind bookstore in Saint Paul.

He signed Generation X, Shampoo Planet, and Girlfriend in a Coma for me that night, the last of which I had finished reading that day. I said, I just finished reading it and I loved it so much. He looked genuinely flattered. He said, Thank you. with genuine surprise. It was then I realized my literary heroes were just people—normal, beautiful, wonderful people with sexy beards and social anxiety.

This is a much more successful celebrity-encounter story than the time I met Chris Isaak.



It was after his concert and he was wearing these suit pants that had little mirrors attached all over them. He was also wearing enormous, delicious biceps. I handed him something to sign and told him my name. He started drawing a firecracker on my t-shirt—I thought, Yes! A phallic symbol! He associates me with the concept of explosives!

I said, I really dig your pants.
He said, You wouldn't want them. They're too heavy.

But I did. I wanted them. And what was in them.

3 comments:

  1. Regarding Douglas Coupland: What are you - new?

    Regarding Chris Isaak: Yes. Oh god yes.

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  2. D.C.-- I've been to his readings in Seattle and was completely overwhelmed by him. I was dizzy when it was time to have him sign my book.

    C.I.-- I changed my mind on. At first I thought he was goofy (I saw him toss a guitar and it landed on his head once), but after hearing how absolutely wacky he is when he talks, I fell for him.

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  3. Actually he said;

    "You wouldn't want them KID, they are two heavy. "

    I know ,I was there.

    How is Arizona? Can we finally make amends? I am living in Boston now.

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