Thursday, March 13, 2008

I saw Jodi Picoult!


Thank you to one of my sister's co-worker's hiking to Boders this morning for a "signing ticket" we were able to see Jodi - and get our books signed in record time! It was standing room only. She as amazing in person as I hoped - quite funny, obviously articulate and the audience was rapt. She is on a tour promoting her new book...


The book deals with religion, death row, the death penalty - all very interesting to me personally. I started studying the death penalty in college which parlayed into a serial killer "hobby" of sorts. Yes, I have a shirt with Charles Manson on it, I would never wear in public, but still. A library full of books about Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy - etc, etc...I even have tape cassettes of Bundy on Focus on the Family with James Dobson talking about how pornography shaped his murderous ways.

Jodi joked about the "division of church and State" being a fallacy. Working in corrections, I couldn't agree more. I try not to talk religion to people but I believe in God and it slips out occasionally when offenders reference Alcoholic Anonymous or are struggling with a death in their family. One of my clients was choked up over the death of his mother this week, we talked about his beliefs about afterlife - he and I have worked together for 10 years, so I knew his mom. Religion and the need for faith offers many people comfort, so it's a natural connection. On my drive home I was thinking the death penalty, in my mind, is absolutely tied to Christianity - BUT, does it support for or against? I mean, the bible references Eye for an Eye but also though shalt not kill - the ultimate contradiction. Food for thought. What do you think? Nevermind, that's a heavy question. I learned in college that crime actually heightens in the area of the institution immediately after an execution - wow, people getting excited? People are hardly thinking about getting the needle when they are amidst a crime of passion - which murder often is. I hope this topic doesn't offend anyone - I have strong feelings about the subject on both sides of the fence but when all is said and done, I think I am ultimately opposed to capital punishment. It may be inhumane, but it's certainly freaking expensive. I believe it is cheaper to keep criminals alive in prison than to run the gamet of appeals. OMG, I had better not get started on prisons:)

Anyways, Jodi Picoult rocked. Clearly things she said resonated with me, and got my mind racing. She signed my book and the most intelligent thing I could think of to say to my literary idol was "you're awesome". Thank gosh I was merely a smudge in the crowd - so I am pretty sure she won't reflect about the idiot who called her awesome. Right? I am actually in that picture too but gosh, where did those gray roots some from? I think they sprang forth during the question and answer session. And I was in the middle of my stupid comment, nice face. Ah, the anonymity of the internet - whew:)

Thank you sister for lasso-ing your co-worker into getting us tickets and for enoying a great meal filled with high speed banter beforehand. Nothing like an impromptu girl's night with Jodi Picoult as the cherry on top.


Anonymous kim said...

Oh, I'm so glad you got to go! She sounds like an 'awesome' speaker - truly! I wish I hadn't missed the opportunity when she was here.

10:06 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

How neat you got to meet her. And wow, what an interesting subject which of course I won't get in to here. This is a knitting blog after all ;-) I have two JP books on my shelf waiting to be read - Vanishing Act and The Pact. I'll be getting this new one too for sure.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

She's an awesome author!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

I like her novels...they always make me think! And they are hard to "put down" when I start reading them.

4:56 AM  
Blogger The Litter Box House said...

Hey, did you know that there was a serial killer on the loose in Madison? They never caught him.
Here's a link:
I walk by Sterling Hall on my way to work every day, so I think about it's history often. Especially since I know the wife of the guy who was killed by the bomb.

Yeah, it's not popular to be interested in serial killers. Since I lived in Southern California when the Night Stalker was doing his thing, I personally get totally freaked by REAL serial killers. But I love watching fiction films. Copycat & Seven are some of my favorites...


11:13 AM  
Blogger MollyBeees said...

YAY! I'm so glad you got to meet Jodi! I think this is her best book yet! She is a sweetie!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That's great that you were able to meet her.

I met Ina Garten "Barefoot Contessa" and all I could think to say to her was "I make your guacamole all the time."

: )

7:31 PM  
Blogger Cinnamonamon said...

Don't you wish you could come up with something witty when you see *insert favorite author/actor/etc here,* so they would know how truly sincere you are (unlike all those crazy stalkers out there *wink*).

I'm with you on the capital punishment thing -- there's just so much room for error...this is a person's life, here, ya know? I remember really "getting it" when I watched "The Life of David Gale" several years ago. Weighty stuff.

I need to go look at that pretty yarn you posted the other day, now... lol

8:51 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

That is so cool that you met Jodi. She is amazing. I love her curls. What a talent.

She was my mom's favorite author so I buy her books in memory of my mom, even though I don't often read them. Jodi appeared in Madison on my mom's birthday, which is perfect.

Thanks for the re-cap.

8:19 AM  

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