It's called "The Drunk Diet," but don't drink a bunch of beer and try to lift weights. It wouldn't work out so well.
That's the first of many messages in Luc Carl's new book, a memoir about how he went from drinking heavily every night in New York to dropping 40 pounds and running marathons — and, to be clear, continuing to drink, but not so excessively.
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: The Bookworm, 8702 Pacific Street
Carl will also be out on the town on Friday and Saturday. If you want to meet up with him, follow his tweets at twitter.com/luccarl.
It's a no-nonsense, confrontational tome about the Nebraska native's life in New York, and he describes everything in detail from drinking himself crazy and eating tacos to the euphoria of finishing a marathon and becoming, as he puts it, "the sexiest man alive."
Don't expect to read the book and hear about Lady Gaga, Carl's ex-girlfriend. And don't expect him to bring it up in conversation, either.
We called Carl last week at his Brooklyn apartment, right before he headed out on his book tour, which brings him to Omaha on Friday.
We talked about food, drinking, exercising and, yes, Lady Gaga, but only after some prodding.
Q. What led you to move to New York?
A. I love Nebraska and I love Omaha. I'd definitely claim Nebraska as my own. I wear Nebraska gear when I run around town.
But I was at UNO (the University of Nebraska at Omaha) and I was going into my fourth year and I was re-registering for classes that I had failed three times. I got online and there was this band from Lincoln, The Mediums, that had moved to New York City. They were on tour and their last show was in Lincoln and they said, "Not only can we give you a ride, we have a room for rent." I said, "(To hell with) it. I wasn't registering for classes.
I'd never been out of the Midwest before. In 2002, I moved to New York.
Q. Is it hard to be a bartender and be healthy?
A. I gave up the bar a little less than a year ago right after I got my book deal. I got so busy that I couldn't be up until four or five in the morning anymore and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I also DJ on Sirius XM. I'm on Hair Nation, Monday through Friday. And I'm on Ozzy Osbourne's station, Ozzy's Boneyard. They gave me weekend nights. 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Q. So you're much healthier now without the late nights?
A. Yes, absolutely. A great deal of it is that I'm not forced to be surrounded by drunk people all the time. I can just be drunk when I want to be drunk.
Q. Are you running any marathons this year?
Well, when I'm in Omaha, I'm doing some little tiny race in La Platte. It's only $3 to register.
I'm doing New Jersey and I got into the New York Marathon. Last year, I did four full marathons. This year, I'm doing two. I want to focus on kicking the (stuffing) out of New York. When you run that many in a year, it's harder to focus on my time.
Q. What was your first marathon?
A. It was the Las Vegas Marathon on Dec. 5, 2010. That was my first. It was my 30th birthday and I ran it in three hours and 56 minutes.
Q. Have you had any controversy with the title of the book?
A. No. The title has so far done nothing but work in my favor. The only thing weird was when I first signed the deal. There were doctors on TV shows saying, "We don't suggest doing the drunk diet because it's unhealthy." That's because they're (expletive) idiots.
It's not a diet. It's a title.
Q. Does it bother you that people, at least around here, often refer to you as "the guy who dated Lady Gaga?"
A. I understand, especially in Nebraska, it's kind of a big deal because she wrote that (expletive) song. But I'm here to tell you, I'm taking my state back. That whole thing is nothing but a (small part) in my life. We all have exes and whatever. That's about all I have to say about it. We've been apart for a long time now. But I understand that in the grand scheme of the world, it's a very big name.
When this whole thing is over, I'll be "the drunk diet guy."
And also, I'm single and ready to mingle. I don't want the readers in Omaha thinking I'm attached to anybody. I love them Midwestern girls. They don't make girls like that in New York City.
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