“Raina sells out. #princetonbookfest #rainatour2014 get your books early!”
Congrats to Raina Telgemeier.
I have always respected Hannah Storm as a reporter, but this honest essay boosts that respect immensely. And the fact that ESPN aired it shocked me.
I am sure some folks will be annoyed that a struggling government enterprise like Amtrak has announced its plans to host an expanded #AmtrakResidency for writers. (Thanks to Tom Feister for making me aware of this.) For my taxpayer money, I love to see it used in this nontraditional manner.
To quote Amtrak:
“#AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Routes will be determined based on availability.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by a panel. Up to 24 writers will be selected for the program starting March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015. A passion for writing and an aspiration to travel with Amtrak for inspiration are the sole criteria for selection. Both emerging and established writers will be considered.
Residencies will be anywhere from 2-5 days, with exceptions for special projects.”
Here’s hoping it is so successful that, as my pal Feister has suggested, they offer a similar program for artists.
Over at my Tumblr page (see the stream on the side) I am posting photos of Peter O’Toole, who left this earth after a long illness. His death feels like the loss of a beloved family member I never got to meet.
Sorry, but the day job kept me away from the blog for the past few months. Hopefully my social media activity entertained you some.
It was reported earlier this week that Everyartist not only met its goal, it exceeded the goal by $10,000.
Congrats to Brendan O’Connell and the Everyartist team.
February 27 is going to be a great day for writer Adam Szymkowicz for two reasons. First up, previews will start on the Pipeline Theater Company production of his clown noir play, Clown Bar (February 27 & 28 at 8PM) at the Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St., New York, NY) before starting a run of Fridays & Saturdays at 9PM performances from March 1 – March 23, 2013.
Secondly, the first episode of the Szymkowicz-written web series, Compulsive Love, will premiere on February 27. Compulsive Love has the great tag line of “A show about a man being punched in the face by love and the women wearing the brass knuckles.” In this interview, we discuss both projects.
Tim O’Shea: Am I correct in thinking that Clown Bar is partially a musical? Did you always envision the project having music?
Adam Szymkowicz: It has four songs in it. There is a character who is the singer in the bar and he sings all the songs. Sometimes I like to put one or two songs in my shows, though I can’t say why this play has four songs in it except to say it always did.
Worth watching this September 2012 interview by Larry King with Craig Ferguson for the moment when Larry asks Craig: “How did you meet the wife?”
Craig replies “Which one? … You start!” (referring to King’s multiple wives as well).
But it is also worth watching for Ferguson’s candor about staying sober for 20 years (and fighting the urge to drink again).
I am happy to announce that thanks to my finally mastering WordPress widgets, after a few years of ineptitude, I am now able to keep this blog a smidge more fresh.
How may you ask?
Look to the right of this post. Hopefully you should see my Tumblr and Twitter feeds. While I am striving to develop more interviews for this blog, in the interim, my RSS feeds should hopefully equally entertain my long-time readers.