|I had a great turn out for what was arguably the most special day of my life. The atmosphere was great. Everyone was eating, drinking and enjoying the conversations. That was exactly what I wanted. I wanted people to show up and just enjoy themselves.
Below is a copy of the speech that I gave. Below are some pictures from the event. I have about 300 more but here are just a few. For those of you that couldn't make it, I will be doing a book signing at the Barnes and Noble at Wayne State University in Detroit on September 22, 2005.
I would like to thank you all for coming to my book launch party.
I will keep this brief.
Almost six years ago I decided to start a project.
I was going to create an online repository of information that I would gather from the news and I would add commentary to it.
It was a pretty simple idea.
I would offer commentary that was not only designed to entertain, but also to implore you examine the world around you, and even parts of yourself that you might not have ever looked at before.
My theory was that by being as brutally honest as I could be it may entice you into becoming honest as well, about who you are and where you come from.
What I found over time was that a lot of the things that we have been taught to be truths, we have also been taught not to examine critically.
Instead of telling you what to think, hey, there are enough people out there doing that, I decided I was going to challenge people to examine the reasoning you use to arrive at your conclusions.
This site I was creating wouldn’t give you answers but encourage you to ask questions.
I wrote it in a conversationalist style. A style that would mimic the way people speak when they are amongst friends and they don’t have to worry about what someone might think about them.
So that is what I would did.
I wrote to the world as if I were speaking to friends.
5 days a week, for five years I insisted on putting across my take on topics regardless of its popularity.
I wouldn’t spare any word at my disposal to paint a bull’s-eye across the chest of whatever I was dismantling that particular day, whether I was discussing politics, religion, pornography, UFO sightings or the war on terror.
Well, before long I wasn’t writing for the 36 people that had come to my site the first month that I went live.
But I was writing for close to 100,000 people worldwide each month.
I would like to thank all of my friends and family for being my teachers, my mentors and my sounding boards. I would like to thank you for believing in me, for being patient with me and helping me along while I search for the meaning of it all. I would like to thank you for taking me in, investing in me, understanding me and forgiving me. I would like to thank you for your wisdom, your thirst for knowledge and you willingness to share with me what you’ve read, by giving me the abridge version. I would like thank you for being my coconspirators, my movie critics, my devil’s advocates, and my bungee cord whenever I feel like jumping off something.