Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Literary Chapter: Newness

Some of you inquired about my last post. I'm okay. Really good, actually. I've been enjoying my new job. The writing is so-so, but I'm loving what I'm doing. I'm doing AIDS and Art--it feels right in my bones.

I'm wondering--dare I say it--that at 40 I feel like I'm starting a new chapter in my life! I mean, I'm doing things I thought I wouldn't do. I started yoga. I actually danced some African dance at a gathering. It really does feel like I'm starting a new life.

Some highlights:

I had the pleasure of presenting for some aspiring librarians and archivists at UCLA. Imani Tolliver (left) presented on poetry, Chris Freeman presented on a book on West Hollywood, the legendary Felice Picano presented on early gay press, and I presented on AIDS literature. Afterward, we went to see the MAKE ART/STOP AIDS exhibition.

My boss David Gere, my co-worker Cathryn, Richard Gere (my boss David's brother), and me. David brought his brother over to say, HI. I was a bit star struck, I admit. I've always been impressed with Richard Gere's work with Tibet.

Come back for future posts about me sitting on a panel in West Hollywood discussing the wellness of gay men (this Saturday), hosting the Dead Poets Slam with Smart Gals Productions, and attending the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, including private reception.


kalikasmom said...

Noel, Congratulations on starting a fabulous new chapter in your life. You deserve only the best. Look forward to hearing more.

Peter Varvel said...

This is wonderful to hear! I agree that there is a surprising freshness and an unexpected feeling of starting over, in reaching my forties. I have been relishing it!
I'm happy to hear that the new job is going well. It sounds as if you are where you are supposed to be, and doing what you are supposed to be doing.
I'm jealous that you got to take part in African dance!

Cheryl said...

Most importantly, your hair is looking very smart these days.

thelastnoel said...

Hey Kalikasmom, yeah, it feels good. Hope to see you 'round the literary set.

Peter, that African dance was fun--because I couldn't see myself. I'm freer with not mirrors, yes?

Cheryl, I'm somewhere on my head is smart. LOL.

mr jp said...

wow, life really begins at XX !. Okay, I won't mention your age here :P

Peter said...

Wow, Noel, 40 must be agreeing with you--you are hotter looking than ever! Richard who???!

I'm glad you're enjoying your work and your life.


Sundry said...

Too funny... My officemate was just telling me that a friend of hers went to the premiere of David's documentary "Out in India," a week or two ago. Her friend (who works for accountant) liked it a lot and we're hoping we'll have a chance to see it.

Small world!