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You Don’t Say: A Conversation Piece

Last night, I went to a book release party at a bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, for our own Emma Span’s memoir, 90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom, which was officially released yesterday (more on that to follow). I was talking with Diane Firstman, Jay Jaffe and Ben Kabak when a petite brunette with a firm handshake introduced herself to us.

“I’m Mara,” she said, “I used to work with Emma at the Voice. I wrote a book last year.”

And how do you do?

Me: What was your book about?

Mara: Orgasms.

Diane: Was it illustrated?

I immediately thought about the MOMA cocktail party scene from Manhattan (1:40 into this clip):

Me: Really, what about orgasms, exactly?

Mara: It was about my search to have one.

Me: Okay, so without ruining anything, did you have one?

Mara: I did.

Me: That’s great. I love a happy ending.

Jay: What, did you guys rehearse this on the way over?

We did not. But it felt scripted. We laughed and enjoyed a true New York moment.

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1 Dimelo   ~  Mar 17, 2010 9:42 am

Did she elaborate on which technique worked for her?

2 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 17, 2010 9:45 am

Dude, we didnt' get into it, but something tells me she wouldn't be shy about sharing...LOL

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 17, 2010 9:47 am

the thing is, Michael O'Donoghue WOULD make a film like that

4 Dimelo   ~  Mar 17, 2010 9:52 am

[2] I would have asked, I love TMI.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 17, 2010 9:54 am

I know, dude, you would have been GREAT to have there. And she certainly wasn't the shy sort.

6 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 17, 2010 10:20 am

I *should* have asked if it was a pop-up book! :-)

7 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 17, 2010 10:28 am

I see that her book is a whopping 380 pages. Must have been some journey!

8 RIYank   ~  Mar 17, 2010 10:28 am

[6] Yeah, but your off-the-cuff reaction was pretty good.

9 OldYanksFan   ~  Mar 17, 2010 10:31 am

"Was it illustrated?"

10 Diane Firstman   ~  Mar 17, 2010 10:34 am

they could call it "Searching for Body Fissure"

11 Jay Jaffe   ~  Mar 17, 2010 3:16 pm

[6] for the win!

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