A quick rant and then on to the usual whoring.

Hey Everybody,

We know it’s always inevitable.  Or more accurately almost always inevitable.  Given enough fame, attention, money and power almost everyone turns into kind of a dick.

I’ve made no secret of my love for Amy Shumer’s brand of comedy.  I’ve been a fan of her standup for a long while and an even greater admirer of her Comedy Central show.  Which I personally think is one of the best sketch comedy shows in a very long time.

But recently (at least in my view) she’s been going a bit Chappelle.  Perhaps taking herself a little too seriously.  I can certainly understand how all the pressure can get to a person.  Hell we all deal with pressure every day and sometimes it feels like it’s going to squash us flat.  But when you add fame, power and money (lots of money) pressure can turn into dickishness.

I still think she’s funny, but this most recent incident with the supposedly rude fan taking a selfie with her (and the stories of how it went down are in dispute) to me seems to be a turning point for one simple reason, and that was her statement regarding the incident.

I’m not going to go into detail here because a quick google search will bring up more than enough links for you to make your own decision, but I will say that when I hear a celebrity of Amy Shumer’s caliber and level say “I don’t owe my fans anything” it really does rub me the wrong way.

There are lots of incredibly talented people who wallow in obscurity.  Some never find any recognition, some find niche recognition and others gain levels of fame and success to varying degrees.

No matter how successful or famous an artist is, it is their fan base that makes them, it propels them.  In short a performer in fact owes their fans and owes them big.

Does this mean she needs to bend over backwards and take every selfie with a fan every time they want one?  Of course not.  But it isn’t just talent (which she has plenty of) that makes someone successful, it’s their fans, it’s the people who watch your show, read your books, listen to your music, buy tickets to your concerts.  Without them you’d be the most brilliant performer at the local coffee house, while hoping you can still cover your rent with your job at the box store, restaurant, or Uber time.

It’s hard to say if what we’re witnessing is in fact the true nature of Amy Shumer that’s been hiding underneath this whole time or if this is a person who perhaps is a little too full of themselves and feeling more important in the scheme of the world than is warranted.

So, does Amy Shumer owe her fans absolutely everything?  No, I don’t think so not everything.  But does she in fact owe her fans nothing?  Hell no, she owes and she owes big.

I hope the statement was partially made out of frustration and perhaps being pulled in a billion directions at once but if this is a sincere belief she holds, I think it could spell trouble for not only her fans but for herself as well.

You are only ever as successful as your fan base.  Many centuries ago Dave Chappelle had what many would agree to be one of the best sketch comedy shows of all time.  Not only was it funny, it was poignant, brilliant and boundary breaking.

Yes it was in great part due to Dave’s talents as well as his writers.  But the main reason it was so big was because the fans kept coming back week after week.

Then Dave went nuts.  He began to succumb to the pressure and blaming everyone around him while never taking responsibility himself for any of the things that happened.  He began to see racism everywhere, he saw enemies everywhere and even to this day conspiracy theories abound as to what really happened.

Dave of course still does comedy and seems as brilliant as ever, however his fan base has mostly moved on and regaining them to the level he once was is most likely impossible.

He may not have owed his fans everything, but he owed them a great deal.  When he walked away the fans moved on, the bulk of which will never come back.

I doubt the same thing will happen to Amy Schumer I doubt she’ll snap like Dave, and I for one certainly wouldn’t want to be under the pressures she’s under.  However, if you piss off the fans, if you discount their innate power and cache you will end up the most powerful and popular entertainer people used to care about.

So does Amy owe her fans everything?  No.

Does she owe them nothing? Hell No.

Does she owe them something more than comedy?  Yes, she owes them the respect they deserve.  Without the fans a comedian is just a person talking to his or herself.

I’m still gonna watch her show though, that shit is funny.

Well enough of that let’s get to the whoring.

Speaking of owing fans…this happenedScreenshot (4) Yeah not only am I on the same list as Chuck Palahniuk on good reads for best transgressive fiction I’m tied with him for the number five slot.  Okay sure he also takes up slots 1, 2 and 4 but hey my little pulp novel The Geek is tied with his amazing Burnt Tongues.  That’s crazy.

You know that thing I was talking about earlier with the whole fan base thing?  Yeah, I owe, I owe big time.  So thank you to everyone who buys my novel and enjoys it and then votes for it on one of the listopia lists it’s on and/or leaves a review or rating.  Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And hey if you want to see the other lists it’s on or checkout the reviews and ratings head on over to my goodreads page. http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

You can also check them out on amazon.com where you can also pick up my ebook collection of short stories http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

Due to popular demand The Geek is also now available in paperback in both the UK and  Canada through amazon, so again thanks fan base for the interest http://amzn.to/1NM5GUN

Over on podbean and iTunes there’s a new podcast up and available for streaming.  This week the bro-host and I discuss our adventure to the heart of hipster territory and our encounter with the great mystery known as The Sphinx of Los Feliz http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

My youtube channel is up and running and I’m beginning to post more every week.  New video up today, then a new one Friday and of course every Sunday is Soda Pop Sunday where I taste test a different soda…oh and I’m posting a new sketch on Monday so check it out.  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN

And hey why not follow me on twitter because…I have no good reason http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And the facebooking http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well I’m off to try and do things that make me seem important and productive…maybe even relevant.  Yeah I’m pretty sure it’s a losing battle.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a fun weekend.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Going all in.

Hey All,

Thanks for stopping by the mother ship.  It’s pretty crazy around here still and I’m trying to keep my head above water while juggling my personal and professional life.

I still feel confident in saying that I’ll be on schedule in launching my next series as a kindle exclusive and am aiming for an early July release date.  I of course will keep you all posted as the time approaches.

I’d like to thank everyone for the mostly warm reception my pulp novel The Geek has received and would like to also answer the question I get asked the most.

Yes, I am planning a sequel to The Geek…of sorts.  The next book in the series will be called Stillwater and is centered around the character Marion Stillwater who seems to be a fan favorite from The Geek.  Gary will play a prominent role in that story as will the goings on of “the family” but it will most definitely be Marion’s story.

I am fleshing out the details as time permits and will most likely go whole hog into the writing process of that one sometime in August for a January/February 2017 release date.  I know that sounds far off but it’s really not.  Again I will keep everyone posted.

My sci-fi screenplay “Ur Perfekt” has started making the rounds to producers and studios.  As with all things entertainment industry that will either end in triumph (payday) or misery(with still a possible payday)

Now let’s get on with the whoring.

I’ve gone all in with the social media insanity and continue to grow my online presence which evidently is a thing now and even though it’s a lot of work I am enjoying it.

The most recent addition to the mediocre empire that is Jonathan Latt Amalgamated is my Youtube channel  I am slowly beginning to upload videos and there will be a new one tomorrow and Sunday.  So go ahead and check it out if you’re stuck between cat videos and people getting hit in the nuts.  http://bit.ly/1Sf9MXN

There’s a new podcast up and streaming over at podbean and ITunes. Amongst other insanity I regale the audience with my attempt at intergalactic diplomacy by engaging in this thing humans call intercourse with a proud Klingon female. http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

My novel is continuing to trend nicely and if you’re interested in seeing what others have to say stop on by goodreads where you can check out the listopia, ratings and reviews of The Geek before you buy. http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

If you’re not into goodreads you can swing by amazon.com http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6 where I think there are over 20 reviews for it at this point, mostly positive ones.  That may not sound like much but for an indie writer it’s not bad.

If you’re in the UK I’ve got some good reviews on amazon’s UK site as well, and it’s also now available in paperback and ebook.  No reviews yet on Canada’s amazon but it’s also available as paperback in Canada now and I was told this morning that people seem to be ordering it in paperback which is cool.

Or, if you live in the Los Angeles area and just want to take my word on how awesome The Geek is (sucker!) head on over to Skylight books in the Los Feliz area.  It’s a great indie bookstore and those really need to be supported.

And hey why not follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless your a porn bot or trying to sell me twitter or instagram followers http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And let’s facebook because that’s still a thing http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well thanks for stopping by, I’m off to do some shooting for Youtube so that should be fun.

I do hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a fun weekend.

See you all next week.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Good Days & Bad Days

Hey all thanks for swinging by the mother ship.

So I’ve been very fortunate so far with my little pulp novel in that it has received mostly positive reviews and at times even mind blowing amazing reviews on websites, blogs, amazon and goodreads.

I’ve been preparing for the inevitable bads and have received a couple and will receive more but as prepared as I am, it doesn’t mean they don’t sting.

It is part of the deal I made with readers and I knew that going in.  However, I will say that there is a big difference between negative feedback when it comes to a screenplay and negative feedback when it comes to a book.

With a screenplay you may not ever sell it and people may in fact tell you why they think it’s shit, but this tends to be a private affair between the writer and the executive or producer who has read the script.

It still hurts and will always happen way more than hearing about how much someone loves your script but it doesn’t end up on the internet.

Not so with books.  And it is in fact this public praising/shaming that leads to a roller coaster ride of emotions (and occasionally about a half dozen doughnuts).

For example here’s a great review I got for The Geek http://bit.ly/1nimk7v  When I read this review I basically lost my mind.  I mean this is one hell of a love letter for a book I poured so much of my soul into.

But then I woke up yesterday and this was waiting for me http://bit.ly/1M7bs2F  Yeah, ouch!

The tweet of this review was retweeted like 12 times and that stung even more, but such is the world we live in.

Did I take the reviewers opinion of my book as a personal attack?  Of course not.  Did it suck to be me yesterday?  Oh yes, it sucked big sweaty donkey balls.

This was basically my expression all day yesterday 20150926_151118Tell me, honestly, do I look happy to you?

So now here’s the big question, which review is right and which review is wrong?

Unfortunately, they’re both right.  Which sucks but it’s the truth.

A sincere review is an opinion and you can’t invalidate a person’s opinion just because you don’t like it.

Now if I may be uncharacteristically optimistic for a moment there is in fact something positive I took away from the bad review and that is simply this:

The person (Ben Walker) didn’t just write “This book sucks don’t waste your money” in fact that’s not what this review is at all.

Ben obviously read my book and it seems to me he certainly didn’t skim through it, but actually took the time to read it from cover to cover; and man he did not like my book that much.  But then, he wrote a very thoughtful and detail oriented review of it.  He didn’t just shit on it, he really seems to go out of his way to explain why the book didn’t work for him.

And you know what?  That’s totally fair and quite honestly, greatly appreciated.

He gave it a four out of ten so yeah not thrilled but at least it wasn’t a two out of ten, so hey, positivity!

Suffice it to say I really like the review by The Two Gay Geeks a lot more than I like Ben Walker’s review of my book.

But I honestly respect both reviews equally.

Tomorrow I’ll wake up and there may be another good review of my book, the day after that another bad.  The roller coaster will never stop and this is the life I have chosen.

And even though yesterday was not an amazing day to be me, it’s still better than having a real job.

Seriously those things suck.

So if you’re a writer or thinking about writing just keep that in mind.  A good review is great but a bad review (while not so great) is just as valid.  Unless the bad review is just filled with personal attacks in which case you can probably take that personally.

Anyhoo if you’d like to take a shot at reading The Geek it’s available in paperback from Amazon in the USA, UK and Canada and is also available as an ebook from amazon worldwide, ITunes and pretty much everywhere you can get a wifi connection.  But hey here’s a link to my amazon author’s page http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6  I also have a tiny short story collection available from Amazon.  It’s ebook only but is free if you have kindle unlimited and only .99 cents if you don’t.

You can also stop by goodreads and check it out over there.  There’s links to lots of different outlets other than amazon from that site.  And if you have a question, feel free to ask I’m always happy to interact.  http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Over on Reluctant Joy I’ve posted the last original post on that site as I begin to move everything over here.  It’s a little micro-story called STATION and I hope you like it http://bit.ly/1CzTcZn

Currently over on Podbean and ITunes we’re talking about JFK, 9/11, aliens and masturbation…don’t ask http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH  A brand new podcast will be up and available next week.  I certainly appreciate how much everyone loves the new format and hope you keep coming back.  We’ll be switching back to a weekly schedule most likely in May as my personal schedule should allow for that by then.

I’m almost done with the initial recording session of the audio book version of The Geek (which is one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever had…ugh!) and that should be available by the end of the month and I’ll keep you all informed.

I’ve also been asked to speak at a local con here in Los Angeles in mid-may and once that’s all set in stone I’ll let everyone know what it is I’m doing and how you can get involved if you’d like.

And I’ve finally set up my Youtube account and will begin posting videos in April.  They will be a mix of vlogs, sketches (if I’m being honest mostly masturbation and fart based humor) opinion crap and a few other random things I find fun.  The goal of the channel is to simply be a place where a viewer can come and watch something to take their mind off the stress of the world and hopefully have a laugh.

In the meantime why not follow me on twitter, I always follow back unless you’re a porn bot or trying to sell me twitter followers.  Seriously people, if I wanted to buy twitter followers I’d have way more twitter followers.  http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And hey, let’s do some facebooking because it’s there and I made the bitly link for it http://bit.ly/1CuSZqA

 

All right folks, thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone  has a great rest of the week and a really fun weekend.

See you next Wednesday.

Best,

Jonathan

 

Spring time in winter

Hey All,

I hope everyone is having a great week.  Things with me are well and life keeps chugging along.

It’s near perfect here in Los Angeles, like we’re heading into summer already. Which quite frankly is a bit terrifying since it’s early February and we should be drowning in rain and freezing our collective butts off…well what we consider freezing, but it’s all relative so don’t judge.

I’ll be heading to Las Vegas for a few days next week which honestly I’m a bit nervous about.  I’ve never been to Las Vegas sober and the last time I was there I was still drinking and as usual shit got crazy.

For the first time ever I’ll be staying in a hotel with no casino and far off the strip just to hedge my bets.  I’m going in taking care of business and getting the hell out pronto.

I’m quite happy and secure in my sobriety but why make things harder on myself by visiting old haunts and tempting fate.

Well let’s get on to the fun stuff.

I had the tremendous pleasure of sitting down with Ben and Keith of the Two Gay Geeks podcast recently.  We spent about an hour talking and it felt far less like an interview and more like a conversation you’d have with old friends.

We talked about my pulp novel The Geek and also nerded out on various topics from Dr. Who, to Blake’s 7, comic books and more.  It was a lot of fun and is available here for your listening pleasure http://tggeeks.com/blog/2016/02/08/tg-geeks-webcast-episode-59/

They also took the time to review my novel and quite frankly I’m a bit overwhelmed with how much they enjoyed it.  Many kind words from two very kind gents.  If you haven’t picked up a copy and would like to read their review it’s available here http://tggeeks.com/blog/2016/02/08/the-geek-violence-death-and-geeks-oh-my/

As for my usual shenanigans, there’s a brand new post up on my blog Reluctant Joy.  This week I have written the most incredible, politically correct, love story ever told.  It’s called 42.6 Shades of Tumblr and you can give it a read here http://bit.ly/rljywp

The current episode of Stuff N Stuff is up and available for download or streaming.  You can catch it on iTunes or go straight to the source at podbean.  There will be a new episode next week about things that should be mandatory in relationships, but if you’d like to spend a half-hour listening to two morons complain about toxic food that’s all right here http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

I’m always stopping by goodreads where all the cool book nerds hang out so swing on by, ask a question and browse the virtual stacks http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

My novel The Geek seems to be making readers happy which is great.  We’re just about out of first editions and will be going to a second printing which is very cool.  If you’d like to pick up a first edition paperback you can do so on amazon.  It’s of course also available as an ebook pretty much everywhere.  We’re also going to be expanding and making sure that the book is available as a paperback in both the UK and Canada due to the demand. http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

I have a small collection of short stories that is exclusive to amazon called D’jinn and Other Stories.  It’s only 99 cents, but free with kindle unlimited.  HOWEVER!  The ebook will be free for everyone on Monday February 15th in honor of Presidents Day.  Why Presidents day?  Mainly so I can use the tagline “Hail to the Cheap”.  What?  That’s clever I don’t care what you think.  http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

Of course you can follow me on twitter if you’re so inclined http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And don’t forget the old facebook http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone has an excellent rest of the week and a super fun weekend.

See y’all next Wednesday.

Best,

Jonathan

Okay this will be quick.

Hey all,

I know everyone is really busy with the holidays, me included but I thought I’d stop by and just post a few updates real quick.

Over on Stuff & Stuff it’s the Christmas Holiday Special.  To be completely honest the podcast really has nothing to do with Christmas other than the fact that it’s airing this week, but I think we wish people Merry Christmas at some point, but mainly we talk about a lot of random crap like our childhood pets, how I became an accessory to murder (kind of) and when being raped by a bear is not being raped by a bear, but being raped by a dolphin is totally like being raped by a dolphin.  The holidays really do bring out the best in people I suppose.  http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

On Reluctant Joy I’ve published all of the micro-stories from December in order and I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback on those, which is nice.  Next week I’ll be reflecting on this past year but right now it’s all about hermetic musings http://bit.ly/rljywp

I’ve been spending a lot of time over at goodreads, which is facebook for book nerds and we’re having a ball, so why not come hang out with all of us for some holiday fun http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

On a somewhat related note, my novel The Geek seems to be quite popular and people are adding it to lists on listopia and even slotting it into their book shelves which is pretty humbling but also amazing, here’s a little screen capture list

Cool right?  There’s like a page and a half of lists, crazy.

You can download the ebook from pretty much anywhere but if you like to rock it old school like I do then head on over to amazon for a paperback

http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

And let’s tweet http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And do the facebook thing http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Well I really do hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas have a holly jolly one and whatever you celebrate I hope everyone’s having a great time and staying warm.  Except for those of you in the tropics, I’m assuming you’re fine and reading this from a tablet while sitting on the beach and sipping something exotic from a coconut.

See you all Monday!

Sincerely,

Jonathan

 

Midweek update

Hey folks,

Thanks for stopping by.  Really crazy around here so this one is going to have to be quick.

There’s a fresh new podcast up on Stuff & Stuff.  My friend Mike stops by for the first time and we actually had a rather intellectual conversation.  I know, I’m shocked too http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

Over on Reluctant Joy there’s a new micro story called WATER as I stick to the esoterica theme of the current posts http://bit.ly/rljywp

Tweets are happening all the time, all around us here http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

And some darn solid facebooking http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

Why not check out my amazon page and pick up a copy of my novel or short story collection, plus I’m pretty proud of my bio http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

Plus there’s goodreads, it’s like facebook for book nerds and it’s a whole lot of fun http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

Okay sorry for making this so quick, but more Monday.  Have a great rest of the week and super awesome weekend.

Best,

Jonathan

Happy Monday, let’s do this!

Hello Again and welcome back to the mother ship.

I’ve been obsessing over some new music this weekend.  Currently I’ve got Adele’s and Cold Play’s new albums on heavy rotation and man I am just a grooving fool.

Annie Lennox will probably always be my favorite vocalist, there’s something about that voice that gives me goose bumps every time I hear it, but Adele is inching up day by day, year by year.  That lady is just really something.  I highly recommend you check that out.

Cold Play gets a lot of shit from people, I don’t know why I think they’re awesome and I don’t care what you think, it’s damn good stuff.

But if you’re in the mood for some indie stuff and you want more unsolicited recommendations from someone you don’t know, with absolutely no qualifications I have two; The Screaming Females and Dengue Fever are both awesome and should be shoved into your Spotify or whatever you use to listen.  I use cds because I’m old and that’s how I roll.

Have you stopped by my amazon page to waste time and possibly pick up a copy of my novel or short story collection yet?  Well why not?  I mean it’s not like you’re not going to end up on amazon eventually for some reason.  You know it’s not just a site to pick up bulk candy bars and sexual lubricants, it’s got books too, lot’s of them and two of them are mine.

http://amzn.to/1MwzPG6

My novel The Geek has even been professionally reviewed and that really insightful person gave it five out of five stars.  No I did not have to perform any sexual favors.  Yes I would have considered it.

http://bit.ly/1MAAyZQ

Over on Reluctant Joy I’m continuing my esoteric themed micro story extravaganza today it’s FIRE http://bit.ly/rljywp

Over on the podcast I’m hanging with my buddy Tyler and his pal Josh and we are really getting our nerd on so if you’re into that sort of thing why not head over, it don’t cost nothin’ http://bit.ly/1KOLDsH

Tweets?  Of course http://bit.ly/1YIWqZA

Facebook? You bet! http://bit.ly/fnbrjwp

And why not stop by goodreads and check out my page there, I’m happy to answer any questions you have, even ones about math, but I’m pretty sure my answer’s will be wrong with the math questions http://bit.ly/1XpMF4k

I’ve got to skedaddle lots of stuff going on around here but I do want to thank you for stopping by and hope you come back Wednesday for the update.

Take Care,

Jonathan