I had the good fortune of being able to attend a reading by author Josh Kilmer-Purcell at Schuler’s books in Lansing yesterday. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Josh, both he and his partner Brent Ridge, MD are the subject of the reality documentary on Planet Green called The Fabulous Beekman Boys. It details the transition and struggles that two urbanites go through trying to develop a thriving business out of their farm called the Beekman. They have a whole slew of artisanal products, including goat milk soaps (which are fabulous, of course!) and cheeses made with the help of the goats on the farm. The products are available on their Beekman 1802 website, but according to Josh, they are out of the Blaak cheese and won’t have any more until June-ish so get on the wait list now!
The Spartan alum and ex-drag queen has authored a couple of books, two of which have been on the best-seller list. At Schuler’s, he did a reading from his most recent book The Bucolic Plague (here’s a link to the an online review from the New York Times) and he talked about a dinner that he and his partner Brent had with Martha Stewart (Dr. Brent was VP of Martha Stewart Healthy Living before the Beekman needed some full time attention). You’ll have to buy the book in order the get the whole story. But it was nice to hear about it straight from Josh, well maybe not straight…
He was so genuine and personable, like someone you’d known for years. I’m sure if we’d met while he was at Michigan State we would have been best friends! Of course, I was there long after he was gone; I think he said he graduated in ’91 whilst I graduated in around 2000 . Always with the poor timing. . . Anyhoo, I’m so glad that I got a chance to be there. And the turnout was great given that there was only a week or so to plan the event. I just wish that I could have remembered all the questions that I had to ask. I did happen to remember them on the drive home, and came up with a couple of new ones. Again with the poor timing. . . But, thanks to Josh for coming back to the E.L. and sharing a little bit of yourself with us. And thanks for the fabulous model walking.