In honor of the opening this weekend of "Running with Scissors," I am posting a picture of me and the author of its book, Augusten Burroughs. I am in the middle with the bad hair and scary shorts. Augusten is ... the other guy.
The picture dates from 1990. The occasion is a commercial shoot for American Express. The location is Black Sand Beach in Hana, Maui. I was the client. Augusten was the copywriter for Ogilvy & Mather. Strangely, there was not one word of "copy" spoken during the commercial. It was visuals and sound effects only.
We had a great time. We spent $2 million. And the commercial never aired. A few years later, I'd become a minor gay celebrity entrepreneur. A few years after that, Augusten had become a mess, and then a major gay author. I bumped into him once about 6 years ago. I hope to again soon.