Recorded episode#3 of my Napoleon podcast with the totally fabulous J. David Markham today and it perked me up a bunch. It's exciting enough to talk about Napoleon for an hour, but it is 10x more exciting to talk about it with someone like David. He recently was awarded the President’s Choice Award for Napoleonic literature by the President of the International Napoleonic Society for his book "Napoleon & Dr Verling on St Helena" and is not only one of the world's leading Napoleonic historians and authors but also a great bloke to chat with.
For the last 15 or 20 years that I've been studying Napoleon it's been a pretty solitary exercise. Until I was introduced to David by the wonderful Staton Rabin there wasn't anyone I could share my passion with and now I'm geeking out with one of the top experts on the planet every couple of weeks. He's even invited me to speak at the International Napoleonic Society's annual conference in Seattle later this year!
I recently picked up a copy of David's recent book "Napoleon For Dummies" and it's a great easy-to-read overview of the period. I'm going to start reading it to Hunter & Taylor at bedtime. Don't laugh - I brought them back a toy Napoleon from Paris a couple of years ago, little plastic figurines about three inches high, and they still carry them around everywhere.
Anyway, also recorded a new show with Father Bob Maguire this afternoon. Just editing that now. Sitting down with Bob is always a highlight of my week as well. He fires me up. And I know I'm not alone. We are starting to get a small group of people putting up their hands offering to help out with this social capitalist project we've been cooking up. I can feel the momentum starting to build. As he would say "there isn't a moment to lose!".
That's what I love most about my life since quitting the J.O.B. - the cool people I get to chat with and hang out with. Okay Okay - not having a Boss - that rocks too. Not having to fill out TPS reports for Lumberg.
Did I mention I've been invited to attend the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC next month? Napoleonic conferences in Seattle, Bobby De Niro's film festival in NYC... ya know, it's a hard life. You'd hate it. Stay tied to those desks kids. It's a jungle out here.