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Post by cmacmd on Fri 9 Jan - 8:02

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Post by dreamy on Fri 9 Jan - 8:46

I saw Russian police hat on his fireplace(?) =D

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Post by sir on Fri 9 Jan - 9:25

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Post by interlude on Fri 9 Jan - 13:26

Thanks sir.
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Post by Pippytu on Fri 9 Jan - 13:33

Nice write up of Holy Cow at ny1.com. You can add David D to the short list of thespians that can write as well as they can act. David Duchovny's first Novak is a total revelation, It's a hoot. You can read the rest at the site I posted
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Post by sir on Fri 9 Jan - 16:27

Some caps of video


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Post by rebel49 on Fri 9 Jan - 16:38

Mr Adorkable...hahaha

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Post by dargina on Fri 9 Jan - 20:07

Omg, the first chapter. Thank you sir!
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Post by rebel49 on Mon 12 Jan - 9:01

After DD talked about Holy Cow in his Red Carpet interview, LA Magazine sent this Tweet. I replied and then Barnes and Noble gave me a shoutout


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Post by interlude on Mon 12 Jan - 14:01

That's great Pat.
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Post by sir on Tue 13 Jan - 4:40

Have a listen to David Duchovny reading the first chapter from HOLY COW:





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Post by Duchovny on Tue 13 Jan - 6:12

How sweet!!!! Heart
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Post by Pippytu on Tue 13 Jan - 9:41

Thanks! The book sounds awesome
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Post by mulderandscully on Wed 14 Jan - 2:10

Thank you. I love hearing his voice.
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Post by sir on Fri 16 Jan - 11:48

David Duchovny – Holy Cow



Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God – and what the Box God reveals about something called an ‘industrial meat farm’ shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core.

The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport …

Elsie is a wise-cracking, slyly witty narrator; Tom dispenses psychiatric advice in a fake German accent; and Shalom ends up unexpectedly uniting Israelis and Palestinians. David Duchovny’s charismatic creatures point the way toward a mutual understanding and acceptance the world desperately needs.

The author of Holy Cow doesn’t really need an introduction, does he? Especially for all my fellow geeks who grew up on X-Files (Mulder <3’s Scully 4EVA!). But I was rather surprised when I was handed the proof copy for Holy Cow with the comment that David Duchovny had written it. I didn’t even knew he wrote! It turns out that Holy Cow is his debut novel and it is a solid debut. It is also very much a book that either works for you or it doesn’t. It approaches some serious real world issues through a humorous lens and its success will depend on whether you can appreciate Duchovny’s – by way of Elsie’s voice – sense of humour and the stances he takes on the issues he addresses.

While at times Duchovny laid it on rather thickly, I found Holy Cow quite funny. It’s very punny and quite self-aware, making fun of itself and the publishing business. Elsie keeps interjecting comments about how her editor wanted her to change certain passages to make the book more palatable to a larger audience. Elsie’s voice is distinctive and she was a rather down-home cow. I really enjoyed her character and the way she told her story. She doesn’t go on her adventure alone though, she’s accompanied by two of her farm mates, Tom the turkey and Shalom the pig. I found both of them quite entertaining, especially smooth-talking Tom, but at times they also made me wince. This is mostly down to Shalom. Holy Cow might be offensive to some, as it features some fairly heavy-handed stereotypes, especially in Shalom, who spouts Yiddish at random. Duchovny is an equal opportunity offender, poking fun at everyone and everything, yet Shalom’s characterisation made me a little uncomfortable.

For me the best thing about Holy Cow were the interactions between Elsie, Tom and Shalom. I loved the inventiveness of these three as they manage to get themselves across the globe and the way they have each other’s backs. Duchovny takes his protagonists full circle, yet giving them the chance to follow their dreams and become more than they were. Over the course of their journey, Elsie, Tom, and Shalom all realise that what they held to be true about themselves and the world should maybe be turned just a little and be looked at in a different light—as Tom tells Joe the Camel (yes, that Joe the Camel) in Israel, they are in need of ‘ze paradigm shift’. The other element that stood out were the interior illustrations done by Natalya Balnova who also drew the cover. They were charming and funny and a great addition to the narrative.

In the relatively slim novel that is Holy Cow, Duchovny touches upon animal rights, humanity’s innate need to divide into ‘us vs. them’-camps and to feel superior to others, and concludes that perhaps the biggest animals are humans themselves. Yet he does so with a wink and a smile, letting a spoonful of sugar help the medicine go down; Elsie never gets overly preachy to her audience. Holy Cow is very much a ‘your mileage may vary’-book, as I think you either enjoy it or you don’t depending on whether you connect to the humour in the book. I did and I had a lot of fun with the novel. It made me chuckle out loud, but it also made me think. This modern day dairy tale is well worth giving a try.

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Post by Pangaea on Sat 17 Jan - 2:32

An excellent write-up, and I'm really looking forward to reading this at last. Thanks for posting sir. Smile
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Post by Duchovny on Sun 18 Jan - 9:35

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Post by Pippytu on Sun 18 Jan - 13:00

That was a pretty decent review of the book.
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Post by sir on Mon 19 Jan - 2:04

Book review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny





My edition: Paperback (proof), to be published on 3 February 2015 by Headline, 206 pages.

Description: Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer's family gathered around a bright Box God - and what the Box God reveals about something called an 'industrial meat farm' shakes Elsie's understanding of her world to its core.

The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who's recently converted to Judaism; and Tom, a suave turkey who can't fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak. Toting stolen passports and slapdash human disguises, they head for the airport ...


Holy Cow is whimsical tale about friendship, religion and the human race as seen through the remarkably insightful eyes of a cow by the name of Elsie Q. (and communicated to her cow-author, American actor David Duchovny).

Elsie is a fairly happy cow living on a farm in the US. She spends her days getting milked, sleeping, eating and gossiping with her BFF Mallory about the bulls, which they feel increasingly interested in. Though her mum disappeared, she knows that all cow mums do so at some stage and she's otherwise pretty content with her unremarkable life. Until The Event.

In a bout of curiosity, Elsie wanders up to the farm house and through the window she watches a shocking documentary on the Box God about the meat industry, which makes it horrifyingly clear what has really happened to her mum and what will happen to her as well if she stays on the farm.

Elsie realises that the only way to escape her terrible fate of being turned into burger patties is to travel to India, where cows are worshiped rather than slaughtered. Several other animals on the farm – a Jewish pig, who refers to himself as Shalom, and a anorexic turkey called Tom – find out about Elsie's plan and decide to join her pilgrimage to escape similar fates. They don human disguises, practice walking on two legs and head for the airport.

It all sounds absolutely mad and it certainly is, but the story is also incredibly clever. Interspersed with remarkably spot on cow-humour and a heavy dose of pop culture references, Holy Cow provides a brutally honest insight into the human perception of the world and our privileged place at the top of the food chain. It managed to make me think and that wasn't what I was expecting from a story focused on a trio of farm animals on a bonkers mission to escape the barbeque.

On top of that, this is one of the funniest books I have ever had the pleasure to read. I gigglesnorted my way through the first few chapters on the train – receiving some interesting looks from fellow passengers – after which the story did became a more serious social commentary, but it never lost the charming, comical voice of Elsie. Who knew that actor David Duchovny could channel a cow so accurately? That's some X-Files right there.

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