Last night was the book signing for Pat Loud and Christopher Makos's fascinating visual memoir of the late Lance Loud, Lance Out Loud (Glitterati Incorporated, $50). If you've seen the Louds in action on the first-ever reality show (all ensuing reality shows don't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath, in reality) An American Family, you'll know why I was excited to meet Pat, the woman Diane Lane recently played on HBO to great acclaim.
Pat was gracious and seems far younger than her 85 years. As a Polaroid-aholic, I was especially honored when Makos photographed me with Pat (I don't have the shot yet, and it wasn't a Polaroid), but it was also lots of fun to meet my longtime e-mail buddy Walter Newkirk and his friend Richard Berkowitz (legendary activist and subject of the film Sex Positive).
When I first arrived, I also bumped into actor Taylor Negron, who everyone remembers from just about everything (but especially for popping up in Fast Times at Ridgemont High), but who I will from now on always remember for his touching eulogy for his murdered landlady. I told him how much I liked his piece and he replied, "Yes, it was very well-written, wasn't it?" Actors and false modesty mix like oil and vinegar, but it was charming. He also razzed me mercilessly about being the middle-aged man behind "Boy" Culture. His next project opens this Halloween, a movie called Vamps by his pal Amy (Heckerling!), but he's also working with Barbra (Streisand!) on her upcoming Brooklyn show.
The night was fun and the book is a visual feast, but I must admit that flipping through it was enhanced by having Richard narrating his experiences with Lance, including sharing johns. I'm a fan of oral histories, and anal ones aren't half bad either.
Photos after the jump...