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The Sound Of No Hands Clapping

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This is actually the sound of Toby Young taking Emmanuelle Richard, Cathy Seipp and me to Chateau Marmont for lunch and fun at the pool. He was thanking us for throwing his book party at Barnsdall Art Park. (That's Emmanuelle in the back, Cathy in the front).

Just below, this is The Sound Of No Hands Clapping, Toby's memoir about his "marvelous successes at failing," in which he tells many funny tales of his career as an "unsuccessful journalist-slash-screenwriter." Many thanks to our sponsor, Pravda Vodka.

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Posted by aalkon at July 10, 2006 12:55 PM

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It should be: [...] the sound of Toby Young taking Emmanuelle Richard, Cathy Seipp and ME to [...].
I've heard professors confuse "I" and "me" but it still makes me cringe.

Great pictures, by the way.

Posted by: Grammar Police at July 10, 2006 8:48 AM

Thanks. I don't usually make mistakes like that...on deadline, putting blog items up too fast, I guess. Makes me cringe, too...like confusion of "less" and "fewer," and use of "her" instead of "she."

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 10, 2006 9:06 AM

Grammar is for the gays.

Tell us how this vodka thing works. Do they have an office you call somewhere? "Hi, my friends and I are gathering on Tuesday, and we'd each like a smart cocktail. Can you help us out? We'll call it sponsorship." Is the person who takes your phone call the one who brings it to the event? Is that a good job to have?

Anyway, it's working... I want a screwdriver. If it was lousy vodka, would you admit it? Also, doesn't all vodka taste the same? Also, was "Lose Friends" a great publishing success? (I thought it was OK, needed a strong punchline and more garlic.)

Posted by: Crid at July 10, 2006 10:48 AM

Emmanuelle got the sponsor. I got the RSVPs. And I haven't read the book, nor do I drink vodka, so on all these questions, I'm pretty useless. I'd like to have my life sponsored. Or, if Donna Karan wears an "Amy Alkon" shirt, I'd consider wearing something with her name on it.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 10, 2006 11:19 AM

> Or, if Donna Karan wears an "Amy Alkon"
> shirt, I'd consider wearing something
> with her name on it.

That's a great principle! When weathly people in Beverly Hills wanna wear Gucci labels, it's their own beeswax. It a shame when urban culture types wear those logos without owning any of the manufacturer's stock.

Posted by: Crid at July 10, 2006 11:40 AM

As I've been pointing out for years now, Donna Karan can't wear an Amy Alkon T-shirt if THEY DON'T EXIST!

Make some already!

Crid, I took home some of the vodka but I'm saving it for an upcoming party. Will let'cha know then.

Posted by: LYT at July 10, 2006 12:09 PM

Thanks, LYT...a very valid point! I'd actually love to see you wear a shirt that says "Godless Harlot," which is what it says on my business card under my name.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 10, 2006 12:17 PM

Test

Posted by: Gregg Sutter at July 10, 2006 12:42 PM

Correction Crid- Grammar is for the lesbians. Granpa is for the gays.

I do miss vodka....

Posted by: Eric at July 10, 2006 1:36 PM

i'm not gay but good grammer is important unless you live in Alabama.

Also, wearing of labels and emblems is a stupid practice in my opinion. i play in a band and when a new album or tour is happening, i don't endorse any products unless i like them and actually USE them. Wouldn't want some 15 year old kid wasting money on something that isn't good just because he saw me in his magazine playing one.

Amy, Why would you push this book unless you read it?

Posted by: Rob at July 10, 2006 1:52 PM

I'd actually love to see you wear a shirt that says "Godless Harlot," which is what it says on my business card under my name.

Make one in black and I will. Though I'm more of an aspirational harlot than one in practice.

Posted by: LYT at July 10, 2006 3:25 PM

Very flattering picture, very subduded. I was celebrating France's sure victory at the world cup. Then something terribly wrong happened...

Actually, Toby found the vodka sponsor. If I remember well, he found the Belgium beer sponsor at the 2003 party we threw for his first book, at the Standard downtown. This was a good one, with guests rolling on the water beds. Currently reading The Sound of No Hands Clapping, I can attest that it's very funny. I need to get the 1st one now.

Posted by: Emmanuelle at July 10, 2006 4:13 PM

Rob, I heard a number of the funny tales from the book during his talk at Barnsdall, and more at Chateau Marmont. I've read him before, and he's very witty and entertaining. Next issue?

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 10, 2006 5:49 PM

My husband used to have me pick out the little emblems on clothing, with a seam ripper. And alas, most fashion houses aren't publicly traded.
Toby was very funny, and the Barnsdall space was great.

Posted by: KateCoe at July 10, 2006 8:16 PM

I've done that for years, too. I have a little box of Izod alligators somewhere, from when I was just a teen.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 10, 2006 9:11 PM

I tried to rip the alligator off once, but it was stitched on with a dense tangle of threads that looked like fishing line. Ruined a brand new sweater, and the wife laughed and laughed. The ex-wife, I mean. The first one.

Posted by: Crid at July 10, 2006 10:19 PM

Nice to have Emmanuelle back!

Posted by: LA Frog at July 10, 2006 11:09 PM

Perhaps, Crid, that's why she's the ex-wife? To safely remove a logo, you need a seam-ripper. To own one, you probably need to be a woman, gay, or a professional tailor.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at July 11, 2006 5:07 AM

Sorry Amy,

Didn't know the history....

Posted by: Rob at July 11, 2006 6:04 AM

i think the "Godless Harlot" t-shirts are a great idea. Could you maybe have skulls on them with flames shooting out of the eyes and a pink Rambler on the back with death rays eminating out of the headlights?

Posted by: Rob at July 11, 2006 6:17 AM

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