When Glen Tickle and I met in the Fall of 2001, neither of us was fond of one another. I was dating his high school sweetheart, and a few months later, he'd go on to steal her back. Years later, he'd marry her. How could we possibly like each other? Well, the Universe is a funny place, and we opted to go against what normal men would do (fight, stab one another) and became close friends. I was even in their wedding. Life is strange and quirky sometimes.
And now, we're taking our wonderful and unique friendship on the road. The Whiskey Road.
What is The Whiskey Road? It's a project I've been talking about for the better part of two years. When I first discovered the American Whiskey Trail, I knew I wanted to write about it. I love history, I love people, I love traveling, and I was incredibly inspired by the works of Mary Roach (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers) and Bill Bryson (The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America), authors who create fantastic, research-heavy travel writing with a powerful journalistic influence.
Glen and I will be traveling to all the important locations in American whiskey history from March 31st through April 13th; key locations in the Whiskey Rebellion, the distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee, museums in Western Pennsylvania... all with the goal of writing a book together. We'll be blogging, photographing, and vodcasting our adventure on The Whiskey Road's official website. The results, I hope, will be hilarious. I love people, Glen hates them. I'm not terribly fond of whiskey, Glen knows everything about it.
Yeah, it sounds like our personalities are going to clash... and honestly, I hope they do, and often. I'm aiming for a Sideways-esque, Paul Giamatti (Glen) and Thomas Haden Church (Me) dynamic here, only Glen will be drinking whiskey instead of wine, and I won't be sleeping with anyone. Sorry to disappoint you, ladies of Kentucky and Tennessee.
I'd like to take a minute to thank Laura from Where Magazine for her sage advice, Melissa and Tiffany from Quirk Books for their encouragement, Scott McNulty for the HD camcorder, Mikey Il for the digital SLR, Tattooed Mom for hosting the launch party, and my job for letting me leave for two weeks.
With Textual Healing set to drop in the Fall, it's time for something new. A new adventure, a new book. Wish us luck on the road, check in on the blog, party with us at the kick off on Wednesday at Tattooed Mom (70+ RSVPs!), and see you all in the middle of April.
Update: I've already got a speaking engagement booked about this project. Philly friends, come by Studio 34 in West Philly on April 17th. I'll be talking about the project at Pecha Kucha, joined by my favorite local crafter Sara Selepouchin and TommyUp of Philadelphia's PYT. Chances are I'll show photos, screen short video clips, and explain the book writing process. Should be fun.