It’s a great day for America, everybody…


The TV listings don’t lie! Barring some misfortune, I’ll be a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson next week – Thursdsay, Dec. 17 – so set the DVR or stay up and watch! It’s on CBS, after Letterman.

I like the show a lot and not just because they’re having me on. I wrote a Style section profile of Ferguson in March 2005, when the show was just getting going, but this seems to not factor into their decision to have me on, since nobody there remembers it. (I suppose I could tell you the reason why I think I’m on, and it’s completely legit, but for now can we just bask in the delusion that people everywhere care a lot about my book? Yes?)

Sigourney-Weaver-as-Ripley-in-Aliens-alien-aliens-8255352-800-1213Want some more excitement? The other guest that night is none other than Sigourney Weaver. Man, if the opportunity presents itself, do I ever have things to thank her for, namely her timeless portrayal of one Lt. Ellen Ripley. I’ve watched Aliens more times than I can count. (That one’s my favorite, though I love Alien too, and I ache for the potential seen in Alien3.) You can keep your Tony Robbins, your Paolo Coehlo, your Joel Osteen – Ripley is my life coach, my spiritual center, my rock and my salvation. She’s my framed Successories poster of the mind.

“If just one of those things manages to get down here, then all this, this bullshit that you think is so important? Well, you can just kiss all that goodbye!!”

Bliss. I love those movies because she’s so damn right. She’s scared shitless but she goes forward. Want to get out of here alive? Then Do What Ripley Says.


  1. Judy Coode on December 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Perhaps I can convince the staff to move our retreat to the West Coast this year. This is so exciting.

  2. The Subtle Rudder on December 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Hey, Curtis Sittenfeld <3s yr book so much she wants to MARRY it:

  3. Linda on December 14, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Tivo alert: Last time we tried to Tivo a friend on Craig Ferguson (yes, I had to put it that way), we mistakenly Tivoed the wrong day – because it is on after midnight. Don’t make that mistake, people!

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