This was a fun, but nerve-racking first appearance on television, the inimitable AM Northwest. In the Portland media market, I followed the Backstreet Boys reunion on Good Morning America.
I met and chatted with the NYC all-star Leonard Lopate on WNYC today. Nerves before, relief afterward. Here's the link to the podcast version if you want to hear more about the book.
Hmm, the New Yorker that hit newsstands the day before Ghost Dances hit bookstores shares a cover element with my book—that iconic silhouette that once graced the tails side of a nickel. The artist, Bruce McCall, intended this image as a libertarian satire of the corporate, warm fuzzy utopia Michael Bloomberg is trying to make of the city. I prefer to see the ambiguity and weirdness of the urban buffalo on this sort-of High Line (a name, by the way, shared with a spectacular region of Montana Plains along the Canadian border)—the similarities between New York City and the Plains, and the danger in this most comically benign image (see the first couple of seconds of the Ghost Dances trailer, for instance). And there are indeed bison in the city, as the prologue to my book describes. I imagine that they are just about as awkward and out of place there as their human kin.