Archives– June 2009:

Reader Comments that make Tall Authors' Hearts go PitterPatter
Posted June 24th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm PST

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, someone has wrote a book that I can relate to, completely!, June 24, 2009

by Merl
"This book is fabulous. I am a 6'4" female, age 36. I have hated every inch of my height, until I read this book. WOW, amazing what a little bit of well written research can do to flip my world upside down. I couldn't be happier. THANK YOU for writing this. Words cannot describe the positive perspective you have given me. What a gift. This book is well written, well organized, and has great information. LOVE IT! I am the lucky one!"

At 6'4", Merl is pretty damn lucky.


Bikini Shopping While Tall
Posted June 22nd, 2009 @ 3:35 pm PST

This weekend I went to purchase my first ever bikini. My lack of bikini ownership up to this point was not a tragic oversight--as you may have gathered, I'm not the sit-around-on-the-beach-and-look-cute kind of person. Beaches (sand, sunburn, etc.) stress me out.

But then I read Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck: "If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini and don't take it off until you're 34." Whatever Nora says, I do.

There are two tenants of tall bikini shopping:
-You are tall. You deserve at least two square feet of fabric.
-The straps should be at least the width of two fingers. Your fingers. Not elf fingers.

Stringy bikinis and lingerie are designed for smaller frames. They just are. Tall women look best when showing a comparable amount of skin to a petite woman in a stringy bikini. Which means more coverage. Think female beach volleyball players---they look great because they're mostly naked, but distinctly not naked. There's an issue of mass here that doesn't really apply to models.

Which is why my shopping expedition was a trainwreck: The goal is to tease, not be naked. I was naked. Wearing unflattering pieces of string. In fluorescent lighting. Which is like a recipe for a Food Court expedition. Which is exactly what happened.

Entrepreneurs, take note: There's a huge market out there for really adorable, substantial bikinis.

How Can I Get Copies of The Tall Book?
Posted June 16th, 2009 @ 2:27 pm PST

Today's the big day: The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life From On High is now available nationwide!....except I hear that bookstore shipping is running a little slow in some regions. Which means that it's time to tell the world not to mess with tall folk!

Three great ways to get a Tall Book in your hot hands by tomorrow:

1. Order at ($13.00 each, or a mere $11.70 if you're a BN member!)

2. Order at ($13.60, shipping free with two-or-more!)

3. Call Your Local Bookstore
Call up your local store and ask them to have copies in stock for you to pick up in 48 hours. Bookstores don't know to carry a book unless customers say they want it, so this is a great way to support The Tall Book. Yay Team Tall!

How to Survive a Tall Book Photoshoot
Posted June 16th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm PST

Today I finished my 6th Tall Book magazine photoshoot. Whenever models say that modeling is work and really hard, ignore them. It's fun. Really fun. There's a staff of 2-to-7 focused on making you look hot. And then you turn on good music and goof around and make faces at a lens for three hours. This, anyway, is what I do. Compared to my usual job of staring at a computer screen, it's professional ecstasy.

Tall photoshoots are particularly adventurous. Today's required standing on a tall rock in 4" heels in the middle of a Manhattan intersection at rush hour while the photographer risked his life in the bike lane to make me look "tall." Every time a truck honked I nearly fell off my rock.

Previous 'tall' photoshoot poses include: Me on a ladder. Me touching my toes. Me on a tiny four-foot podium in stilettos with nothing to hold onto. Me on an icy roof ledge.

Lessons learned:
1. Photographers are not particularly concerned with your personal safety.
2. Tallness only exists when others are in the frame. On our own, us tall folks are lovely and proportional and perfect.


Why Tall Folks Succeed at Work
Posted June 14th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm PST

The Tall Book was supposed to be about tall folks. It really was. And it is indeed a book about tall life and tall culture and everything you ever need to know to be, raise or love a healthy, happy tall person.

But it's also a book about success. Why? Height is easily quantifiable--unlike, say, ethnicity, religion, parenting or your feelings (I believe they're calling it "self-esteem" these days).
Which means that statistically, it's easy to track why tall people succeed in some areas (work) and fail in others (gymnastics, dating while tall and female). You can basically look at tall statistics, and clearly see what behaviors correlate with success and failure. There's a lot that can be learned from watching tall folk--so much so that I think there should be a new university field: Tall Studies.

In the meantime, Penelope Trunk over at The Brazen Careerist just put up a great post about why tall folks succeed in the workplace, and what anyone can learn from it:

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