I want to sing Brass in Pocket on karaoke in a baby-pink wig. I want the freedom of an unknown city; a small girl anonymous amid the crowds under the neon billboards. I want to steal Bill Murray’s jacket and return it to him with tears in my eyes in a hotel foyer, and all of this in the intimate soft focus of an Aaton camera. I want to figure stuff out and I want everything to be OK.
Now that the soccer is done (USA-GER 0-1 but don’t worry, we still should advance to the next round), I have big news to share.
After 8 truly fantastic years at Chronicle Books, I’m leaving to become head of community at Storybird. I am super jazzed to do a whole lot more of what I love best: connecting writers with readers, helping parents and teachers inspire in children a lifelong love of books, and discovering and sharing beautiful artwork and the people who create it. I never thought it would be possible to follow up a dream job with a dreamier job, but all signs are pointing in that direction.
I owe huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported my work at Chronicle. I am so proud of the online community we have built there together. Don’t unsubscribe… there are piles and piles of great books coming down the line, and some seriously dedicated, creative, and talented people working on them.
More about the new gig here: http://blog.storybird.com/2014/06/guinevere-de-la-mare-joins-storybird-from-chronicle-books/
I tweeted that it took 36 months to finally hire gdlm, but in truth it was five years. Even during Storybird’s embryonic, bootstrapped, “are we a project or a company?” years, I knew she was someone special and worth pursuing.
Building teams is something I love: connecting smart and kind people to create something worthwhile and fun. Sometimes great talent magically appears (Ash, our iOS engineer, materialized in less than two weeks!), and other times you spend 60 months sending chocolate, discussing the best grilled cheese in San Francisco, and favouriting each other’s tweets until you can finally connect the dots.
Holiday is the quiet, younger sister of The Philadelphia Story, both of which were penned by playwright Donald Ogden Stewart and directed by George Cuckor. Philadelphia went on to become the quintessential MGM romcom and Oscar winner, but Holiday, every bit as good, was backed by Columbia and never rose to the same heights. Watch it if you haven’t.