Thinking without a Box

Dears, What are my dreams trying to tell me? I’ve had nightmares since I was kid, a young kid. More nights than not. So here’s last night’s episode: Allan called me to say that he’d given me a bracelet and I could go to the jewelry store and get it. I arrive at the store…

The Internet is Making Me Forget

Dears, Whether you fear Alzheimer’s disease, or not, there simply is too much to remember these days. I’m so bombarded with celebrity baby bumps and revolutionary diets, on top of the very real and terrifying news of diseases and death, that I can’t think straight.  Add these daily doses of fluff and fury to my…

The Heart of the (Grey) Matter

Dears, For weeks now, I’ve been thinking about the next phase of my jarred life. The brain motif perfectly captured my grandfather and father’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Heck, it wasn’t even a symbol. It was real. Dad kept grand-dad’s brain in a jar. But I am me, not he. And I am moving into…

House of Cards

Dears, Home playing magic cards with my son, I dealt this one: And it was right after I read this article. Love, NSB

Lady in Waiting

Dears, I can’t wait. There’s no more to that sentence. It’s a statement. I am incapable of waiting. Oh sure, I do it all the time. In fact, I’ve been doing it all my life. Right now I am waiting for the next thing. But I don’t know what it is, which is even worse…

Book Ends & Begins Again

Dears, In all the madness of Brain in a Jar being published and traveling the East Coast, I forgot (not an Alzheimer’s related slip) to tell you that the book has been nominated for a National Book Award! The day Brain in a Jar came off the presses, Broadstone Books immediately filed the paperwork. It’s…

Elvis and Me

Dears, I really love this: Publisher’s Weekly has announced the sale of BIAJ to Fingerprint Press in India. As if that wasn’t cool enough, my sale followed the sale of Elvis Costello’s memoir to Holland. One of my favorite songs of all time is Costello’s  “Veronica,” which was inspired by his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s…

Hooray for Bollywood!

Dears, Big news! Great news! Brain in a Jar publishing rights for the Indian Subcontinent have been sold to Fingerprint Press in Delhi. What does that mean, exactly, you ask? Here, I translate: BIAJ will come out in the English Language, in paperback, for audiences in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan,  Pakistan, Myanmar, Bhutan,…

Nelumbo nucifera (Latin for Lotus)

Dears, I’ve always wanted to begin a story with the words, “The End.” Because, as we’ve all learned, the end is just a new beginning. And thus, I’ve decided to write about one instance at the end of the first month of Brain in a Jar‘s second life. (FYI: The first brain in a jar was…

NYC READING/SIGNING EVENT FRIDAY, MAY 3 @ 5 P.M.

  Dears, I sure am hoping to see you on FRIDAY, MAY 3, @ 5 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street. It’s seems right that a mermaid would appear at a place called the red fish. Lots of love, Ole Gal

Hair Cut and Cousins

Yes, yes, and yes. I can spell correctly, here: Sorry For The Slight Inconvenience 2 Days Ago. I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THAT WAS INCONVENIENT! So, yesterday I got a buzz-cut. It looks so cool, but i still think it makes me look like a bully. List: -Yesterday, I stayed at home until like…