It’s a beautiful Sunday here in Berlin, sunny and cool, about 75 degrees F. I’ve got the French doors open to my balcony and the windows are open in every room. On Sundays, all the shops and most cafes in Berlin are closed for business and vehicular traffic is minimal. It’s as quiet as a tomb in my neighborhood. The only sounds I hear are birds chirping.
The concert I attended last night at Berlin’s O2 Arena was excellent. The band, an American group from Tennessee called “The Kings of Leon”, was talented and they drew a huge crowd. About 17,000 people paid thirty-eight Euros apiece (about $45 U. S.) to see them. The music reminded me a bit of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Kings played a long set, then returned for an encore of four more songs, and the crowd clearly adored them. Apparently The Kings have a large following throughout Europe and the United States. If you get a chance to see them, do so. You won’t regret it.
I never made it to Nollendorfplatz, too tired. I left Jens and Daniel at Warschauerstrasse and took the S-1 back to the Zoologischergaerten, then grabbed a bus home. Spoke with Jens this afternoon: He and Daniel went to a club after the concert and were nearly denied admission because Daniel was too drunk (Like I said, Daniel’s a goof …) and they did not get home until three this morning. Aye-yi-yi.
On another subject, one of my editors sent me an e-mail yesterday, attaching an article from the Toronto Globe & Mail that reported Canadian sales figures for various categories of books. In the “Gay Fiction” category, three anthologies I appear in made the top ten bestseller list: Boy Crazy from Cleis Press was number three; Surfer Boys from Cleis Press was number nine; and Daddies from Cleis Press was number ten. Here’s a link to the Globe & Mail list:
I’ve discussed all three anthologies in earlier posts on this blog. If you have not read them, I hope you will. Both Boy Crazy and Daddies were edited by Richard LaBonte’, who knows good fiction when he sees it. His story selection and editing are always deft, and the same is true for Neil Plakcy, who edited the Surfer Boys anthology. Neil’s a fine writer himself and he teaches creative writing at a college in southeast Florida.
I like each of my stories included in these anthologies, but I must confess my favorite of the three is Daddy Lover in the Daddies anthology. I like the main character, Bradley, very much because he’s an unabashed lover of daddies who is out to get what he needs in life and won’t let anything get in his way. There’s a lot of humor in Daddy Lover, too. Even in matters of passion, I think it’s important to laugh. Don’t you agree?