Monday, April 29, 2002

I'll be on "New York and Company," a popular radio show on local NPR affiliate WNYC at about 12:40pm today on 93.9 FM in the NYC area, or via the web at their website. I listen to the show all the time, and I really enjoy the host, Leonard Lopate...he has a great voice and a wonderful interviewing style. I'm looking forward to it very much.

And this week's lineup has all these hard-core famous folks: Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Al Franken...okay, Franken isn't Gore Vidal, but he's a lot funnier, so I include him. The bar is set pretty high, so I can't just go in and chew on my microphone while making growling noises--I'm going to have to actually be witty and conversational.

Odd thing--the program for the day is actually all oriented around baseball, except for me talking about Amazon and the show. I almost half-expect that I'll get to talk about my epic Little League days, which I recall with a combination of great nostalgia and horror. I have a deep and abiding love for baseball, which exhibits itself in no ways whatsoever--I do not play, I do not watch, and I don't know baseball history as encyclopedically as many aficionados do. Instead, I just love baseball, in the abstract and from afar--an unrequited curve ball. I think it has something to do with the pace, and my Little League youth, and all the mythology that builds and attaches to the game.

So even though I feel like the odd man out, I couldn't be more pleased about being on this day's episode. Now I have to go get myself down to the studios, which are by City Hall--more soon.