Darryl Ponicsán’s path led from a coal mining town in Pennsylvania to a teaching job in upstate New York, to the Navy, and then to a solo drive across the country in a battered TR-3, carrying little more than the manuscript of his first novel, “The Last Detail.” He rolled into Los Angeles with three gallons of gas in the tank and $95.25 in his pocket. He became a social worker in south central LA just in time to become embroiled in the original Watts riot, the only white man living in a black rooming house within the curfew area.
He finished his novel and wrote a second navy novel, “Cinderella Liberty.” The film versions of both novels opened on the same weekend, making him the hottest writer in Hollywood, though by that time he had already moved out of LA, first to Ojai, then Bainbridge Island, Seattle, Sonoma, and Palm Springs. Where he is now is anyone’s guess.
At a library used book sale he picked up a copy of Nora Ephron’s bestseller, “I Feel Bad About My Neck.” It inspired him over the next several years to answer her observations from the male point of view and over a different bodily part, and to direct it to Ephron’s audience. The result is “I Feel Bad About My Dick.”
Part memoir, part parody, part social analysis, the book deconstructs the battle of the sexes to its primal curiosity: “You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.”
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR “I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY DICK”
“I’ll tell you this much: it ain’t baloney.” -Lucky Lukashunas, Kielbasa King of Schuylkill County
“I give it 5 Bloody Marys.” -Debbie, proprietor Peabody’s Saloon
“Ponicsán has a way with words, but I wouldn’t put him on the witness stand.” -Bulldog Baddour, lawyer
“Some pretty fresh stuff, right off the boat.” -Tony, Seattle fish monger
“Reminiscent of Gary Hart, but I don’t know why.” -Steve Moses, political consultant
“Ponicsán always drinks doubles.” -Susie, bartender, North Bay
“I feel bad about Señor Darryl.” -Lucia, housekeeper
“This is something I don’t want to know about, except for the hair.” -Dylan, hair stylist
“For the movie, I’m thinking Salma Hayek.” -Cee Cee, exotic wife
Darryl Ponicsán is the author of fourteen novels and an award-winning screenwriter. Born in Shenandoah, Pa., he taught high school English after attending Muhlenberg College and earning an MA at Cornell University. This is his first non-fiction book.
Visit the author at: www.darrylponicsan.com