Friday, February 20, 2009



And some of you are directly responsible for it. Steve entered his fabulous "Marquis de Soto" in the contest, never expecting to make it to the finals. The car is a collage of pieces that he's been saving for years from twelve different 1950's cars

(including a 1957 de Soto, a 57 Buick, and a 55 Caddy), all grafted onto a 1998 Grand Marquis.

He was selected as one of the 30 finalists on December 1, The rules encouraged us to get as many friends as possible to vote every day for a month. So we went to our email lists and to facebook, and asked all our friends to lend a hand. AND WE DID IT! There were 6400 votes cast in the entire contest--- Steve got over a 1000 of them! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Sorry to those who have been asking us what happened--- the Times was clear that we had to keep it hush-hush and we didn't want to blow it.

Here's the link to the NY Times story and an amazing slide show of Steve and his able assistant, Mike Karpf, and their work.

Friend Steve on facebook if you haven't already--- he wants to thank you himself.

AND THE GORGEOUS PAPERBACK OF HATS & EYEGLASSES JUST HIT THE STORES (With a reading guide and a Q&A with the author).

Hats & Eyeglasses has been called “Intimate, exuberant.”---O, The Oprah Magazine; Fast-paced and amazingly funny.”---the New Orleans Times-Picayune; "You will feel not only as if you have known Martha all your life, but as if you still have one of her sweaters."---the New York Times; “Fearless… powerful, even uplifting and funny.”--- the New York Post; "A heady joyride. Fast, funny and frank."--- USA Today; "Funny and disturbing"--- The Washington Post; and "Frank and unaffected"--- Publisher's weekly

The paperback is cheaper than a latte and a scone! Please buy copies for your friends and family, your reading group, your gambling cousins, your aging aunts. I bet they all find something to like about it... Wait, did I just say "I bet"? There really is no stopping me!

Click here to order