An Encounter with Chuck Palahniuk

Posted by The G on April 16, 2014 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Chuck Palahniuk and Geoffrey Dicker

Chuck Palahniuk and Geoffrey Dicker

I would love to tell you all about how this photo came about, how much I love Chuck Palahniuk and how cool he was to take a photo with me, but the first rule of Fight Club is….

Thanks Chuck!

An Encounter with Dan Brown

Posted by The G on May 16, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Dan Brown and Geoffrey Dicker

Dan Brown and Geoffrey Dicker

Like him or hate him, there’s no denying that Dan Brown is a master of suspense.  I LOVE his books.  I discovered his work slightly before “The Da Vinci Code” became a well-deserved mega blockbuster.  His books “Deception Point” and “Digital Fortress,” were my gateway drug into his writing and as soon as you pick up one of his books, be prepared to not be able to put it down.  Plot twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat throughout all of his novels.  Then of course, there are the Robert Langdon books.  To craft a character as revered as a ‘modern day Indiana Jones’ is quite a feat and after reading “Angels and Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code,” audiences worldwide are always excited for a new Langdon story.  Good news!   The wait is over!  “Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is on shelves now and I am very excited to read it.  It will be hard to repeat the greatness of “Da Vinci Code,” but even his last book “The Lost Symbol,” which was my least favorite of his books, was still impossible to put down!  Being such a big fan, naturally, I was delighted to meet Dan Brown and he was super cool!  Love when that happens.  Thanks Dan!  It was a pleasure meeting the man that has kept me on the edge of my seat more times that I can count!

“Inferno (Robert Langdon)” is out now!

RIP Ray Bradbury

Posted by The G on June 6, 2012 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo by Kevin Winter.

Geoffrey Dicker and Ray Bradbury

Sad news!  The world has lost a legend.  Writer Ray Bradbury has died at age 91.

So many of his works have been influential in my life.  I am very sad.

Some of his highlights include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked this Way Comes, and so many more literary classics.

I met Ray Bradbury on many occasions, including the above photo taken when I was in high school and he was always an extremely nice guy.

RIP Ray!

Photos: Nile Rodgers Discussing His Book “Le Freak” In New York

Posted by The G on October 21, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers

October 20, 2011 was a night I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.  It was the night Nile Rodgers stopped by Barnes and Noble in Union Square in Manhattan to discuss and sign copies of his autobiography “Le Freak – An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.”  It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has ever heard pop music likes at least one song he’s written or produced. His list of accomplishments is astounding and he’s worked with the likes of everyone from Madonna to David Bowie to Diana Ross and of course, in his own band Chic.  He’s responsible for some of the hottest disco tracks (like “Good Times” and “Le Freak”) that will be club favorites for as long as clubs exist on this planet.  Nile Rodgers discussed his autobiography “Le Freak” with cultural critic Toure’ and I can already tell it’s going to be impossible to put it down. Nile told the stories behind songs such as “Good Times” which was written about not getting in at Studio 54 despite a personal invitation from Grace Jones, “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and he talked about being heavily influenced musically and stylistically by Roxy Music and Kiss!  He also mentioned meeting his Chic partner in groove, Bernard Edwards, how they became musical soul-mates and how the band came to be called Chic. These stories are all in the book and it’s really great to get the back stories on these historical moments in music.

Nile Rodgers!

Nile Rodgers was diagnosed with cancer last year and he’s had some ups and downs with his health.  He told the packed house that he’s currently waiting for the results of some tests he’s taken recently, so please send Nile your positive thoughts.  One thing is for sure, Nile is not slowing down at all and his enthusiasm and gratitude is as infectious as the grooves he’s created – past, present and future.  There was a lot of love in the room tonight and it was clear that we did not want the hour long discussion to end.    After the discussion, Nile signed copies of “Le Freak,” and he was really taking the time to make sure everyone at the signing/discussion/party was having a great time.  Not only is he a musical genius and a legend, he’s also a really nice guy!  I am so thankful for all the great music you’ve given myself and the world and all of our lives are better because of it.  Thanks Nile.  You are truly an inspiration!

Toure and Nile Rodgers

Toure' and Nile Rodgers

“Le Freak” by Nile Rodgers is out now.  Don’t even think about not getting it!

Happy Birthday, Jackie Collins

Posted by The G on October 4, 2011 under Celebrities | Be the First to Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins

Happy birthday to writer Jackie Collins.  I’ve met both Jackie and her sister Joan many times and they are just delightful in person. What’s your favorite Jackie Collins novel?  You can admit it.  We all love a good scandal and a little bit of smut.

Also born today: actress Alicia Silverstone, writer Anne Rice and actors Charlton Heston and Buster Keaton.

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