My first book. And how proud am I! The stories in the book hail from 1986, when I had a blind date with Andy Warhol, to the title story, written in 2009, which has all to do with my thrill of being a published writer. In between, are pieces about Renee Zellweger, Nora Ephron, the fight I had with my pool guy, and all things Hamptons and not. The dog pieces are especially poignant, and there is a longish piece about my 44-year advertising career.
An Excerpt from the Book
If you want to feel 100 years old, go to the Surf Lodge in Montauk. Montauk has not seen the likes of this happening hipness since the Rolling Stones checked into the Memory Motel. Or since Andy Warhol was in residence. Love it or hate it (and many love to hate it), it is what it is. Motel. Outdoor bar overlooking the gleaming, tranquil Fort Pond. Restaurant so bathed in turquoise blue it could be underwater. But what it mostly is is IT. I understand vans come in from Southhampton, peopled with young women in Pucci sundresses and Havaianas flip-flops, 20-somethings paying something like $200 for the trip to hip. In search of what? In search of NOW.
What People are Saying About
“Mr. Abady has very sensitive ears as he overhears an intimate conversation between Christie Brinkley and Billie Joel over a lunch when they were married. Nothing escapes his sharp observations, whether it be annoying distractions in the theatre, what thieves took and left behind during a house robbery, the ins and outs and firings during a decades-long advertising career, or just dishing on bumping up against Hamptons celebrities in a most hilarious way. Did I say hilarious? Well, that is actually an understatement.”
East Hampton Star
“You chuckle over “My Date With Andy”—his story about a blind date with Warhol in 1986. Then you sniffle over “The Deal With Dogs”—their short life and all the love they cram into it. Humor in spades, pathos in parts, poignancy here and there. But mostly laughs. And lots of them.”
“Renee Zellweger, Nora Ephron, Andy Warhol (who he had a blind date with in 1986), the fight with the pool guy, his two dads, and his Italian water dog. No one is spared Mr. Abady’s incisive and provocative scrutiny. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but you’ll mostly howl!”
Check out my other book
As you’ve read on, I have written on. The sequel, hence the ‘Again Again! in the title of the book has to do with eight more recent pieces in the Star (2010 – 2015) since the original book was published. A bit more broad-based and further reaching from the Hamptons, it deals with retirement (mine) a crazy scaffold story (my building, over five years) a noisy night at the theatre, scary plane rides, every celebrity I have seen over 35 years on the East End, and, well…you’ll just have to read on!