Last night, I was honored to be invited to David Mixner's 65th birthday/book launch party for his new work At Home with Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow (Magnus), held at his favoriate restaurant, the Glass House Tavern on W. 47th. It was a lot of fun, with hilarious toasts by Marylouise Oates (former L.A. Times columnist and wife of Bob Shrum) and some of Mixner's best friends.
Judith Light made the final toast, as the coconut birthday cake was cut, wishing him a full return to good health.
Mixner himself was humbled by the show of love from so many friends, but also took time to relate that while sick at Turkey Hollow, he'd reacted against his caretaker's advice and stubbornly stripped naked for a dance in a blizzard. That led to a backwards fall into a snow drift, which paints quite a picture. But it's a picture of a determined character, one who has been at the forefront of the fight for gay rights.
I also got recognized by a reader (hi, Nunzio!), finally met Richard Socarides, saw Tim Ranney from Dixon Place and saw the Andy Towles for the second time in a week. Good times.
We all received a special commemorative paperback edition of the book, too, which Mixner authorized us to sell on eBay for lots of money when he dies. Which we hope will be when eBay is a distant memory!