You know, it’s been four and a half years now, and it still makes me amazed and excited when Cringe fills a room, especially in another country, where I only know a handful of the crowd. The London Cringes have been some of the very funniest Cringes ever, and this past week didn’t disappoint.
The publicist, Ana Sampson, did a fantastic job, getting Cringe written up in The Times, Grazia, and Look, landing Cosmopolitan’s Book of the Month, interviews with BBC World Service, Radio 5 Live with Richard Bacon, and about a million regional BBC radio stations. I spent the majority of last week in several different but essentially identical small soundproof radio studios, giving basically the same interview all over the country. This was fun, but I was constantly relieved I was the only one who heard all of them, since everyone inevitably asks five of the same ten questions, and by now I can give these answers in my sleep. Nothing about this is disingenuous; it’s all the truth and sincere and heartfelt and everything, but after many hours of this, I started to feel like a dull hack who spewed sound bites, so it was a nice diversion to get to spend the downtime singing along to the music piped through my headphones. There are fewer songs that seem less likely to follow BBC Radio Oxford’s station identification than the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”
So the official book launch was really fun, and I’m looking forward to hosting Cringe every month while we’re here. I’m also excited now to kind of nerd it up in London, treat it nice like a new girlfriend and do all the things that I stopped doing in New York years ago because I was Tired. This Wednesday, I’m going to go flip off Big Ben because I’m a huge Boosh fan, and on Friday, we’re going to see Edgar Wright present a double feature of Carrie and Don’t Look Now (all thanks to Gray!). Also my friend Becs has promised to be my partner in all sorts of historic nerdery while I’m here, which is great because I haven’t been back to a museum in London since my first visit. Hopefully there aren’t as many mimes here.