Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hot Tongue Sandwich at Katz's Deli


One of my favorite sandwiches of all time is the hot tongue sandwich at Katz's Deli in Woodbridge. No mustard, no mayo, nothing but rye bread and hot shaved beef tongue. It just melts in my mouth - the perfect lunch after a morning workout. Keep up the good work, Katz's!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At Hamden Library this Wednesday

Hope to see you this Wednesday night, April 16 at 7 pm at the Hamden Senior Center (attached to the library) where I'll be talking about Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

After Making Love to Lord Byron



My wife's poem "After Making Love to Lord Byron on the Morning of My Thirty-Seventh Birthday" from Garbanzo, read for the epic Garbanzofest in Bethel, Connecticut.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Becoming Tom Thumb wins its First Award

Becoming Tom Thumb has won its first award, the 2014 Henry Russell Hitchcock Prize from the Victorian Society in America.

They write:

“Deeply humane and splendidly researched, we believe that Becoming Tom Thumb is the first to do justice to Charles Stratton...It shows him to be a charming and dynamic entrepreneur who shrewdly exploited his international celebrity, by no means a hapless victim, and it does so with great insight and sympathy.

         —The Victorian Society in America, awarding the 2014 Henry Russell Hitchcock Award

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cummings Candy and Coffee House


While in Butler, Pennsylvania, I was sure to stop at Cummings Candy counter, one of the oldest such shops in the United States. Of course, these days more people stop by for the coffee, I think. But I made sure to pick up some peanut brittle for the road.