For over three years now, the Uptight Seattleite (seen at right) has been offering newcomers and natives alike a guide to the morals, manners, and mores of this city in his weekly column, Ask an Uptight Seattleite.
Now the Uptight has collected all that advice, given it a good round of therapeutic massage, shepherded it through a Gladwellian paradox workshop and a transformational repackaging intensive, and emerged with his very own book.
A Sensitive Liberal's Guide to Life: How To Banter With Your Barista, Hug Mindfully, And Relate To Friends Who Choose Kids Over Dogs is being published this week by Gotham Books--an imprint of one of the Uptight's very favorite publishers, Penguin. (As the Uptight would tell you, pretty much any Penguin Classic constitutes an impeccable choice among potential Metro bus reading material. Though obviously you need to be cautious about the diversity challenges.)
In addition to the Uptight himself, the event is scheduled to include the Uptight's sometime ghostwriting partner, David Stoesz, best known as the lead contributor to the LictonSpringsConsidered neighborhood blog. (Stoesz is seen in the file photo at right, fielding press calls following recent revelations about his purported involvement with the column.)
It all starts at 7 p.m. March 4 at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE.
To whet your appetite even further, Seattle Weekly will be publishing selected excerpts from the book this Wednesday--including special "jottings" from the Uptight's Moleskine notebook that never found their way into any column, as well as a couple rejected titles for the book.
If you can't be at the event to purchase your signed copy, or simply feel compelled to order one now, you can do so here.