May 26, 2015

Update on Radio Interviews

Radio interviews with the fascinating. My radio show via Rare Bird Blogtalk Radio now has logged in twenty-two shows. I keep saying that I'm retiring it for now as I work hard on the novel Passing Through. 

But you never know. 

Here's what happened: Because I love film, because I write about it on  and interview directors, I had the chance to talk about The Actors Studio with James Wilder: 

James Wilder

When James appeared in my artistic life while I've been moving to Chicago, and even though I'm writing the novel Passing Through live on Wattpad, we chatted about art, acting and the famed Actors Studio on air. See the link below--and who knows what great actor or director will be next? 

But back to Wattpad for a moment: Wattpad is the brainchild of Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen and is a writing and social media site based in Toronto, Canada with some 37 million users, 75 million stories, 9 billion minutes spent by those writers and readers on Wattpad every month. So if you haven’t heard of Wattpad, I suspect you will be hearing more and more about it.

Read more about Wattpad by clicking → Why I Am on Wattpad

On Wattpad, I wrote the first 14,000 words of Passing Throughalmost as if struck by lightening. I'm finishing it offline but will keep you updated on that and my not-so-by-the-way move to Hyde Park, Chicago, home of the University of Chicago. I know it's cold there. But we'll have a fireplace and can watch the lake freeze...

Now for those Twenty-Two radio interviews that have been an unparalleled delight:

One caveat: When you click on a link below, a short pause and an ad (about 10-20 seconds) may first appear, not of my making, so do forgive, but then you'll hear the show as it ran live. Each show is thirty minutes. Listen at your leisure to all or part of any of the shows.

Click on the name and you'll be taken to the radio show:

James Wilder, lifetime member of The Actors Studio

Colm Herron, of Derry, Ireland, author of The Wake (and what Jeremiah did next)

Dana Gioia, poet, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts and author most recently of Pity the Beautiful, poems

Molly Peacock, poet, memoir writer and author of The Paper Garden: An Artist {Begins Her Life's Work} at 72

Henry Jaglom, distinguished, independent filmmaker, director, screenwriter

Margaret Brown, publisher of the digital magazine Shelf Unbound: What to read next in independent publishing

Alan Cheuse, author and NPR book reviewer

Richard Kramer, producer, writer of thirtysomething, My So-Called Life and a new HBO series

Sarah C. Harwell, poet, author of Sit Down Traveler

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, painter, poet and Big Sur presence

Marc Schuster: book reviewer, author of The Grievers

Jaki Scarcello, author of Fifty and Fabulous: The best years of a woman's life

Douglas Rogers, author of The Last Resort: a memoir of mischief and mayhem on a family farm in Africa

Ravi Shankar, poet, author of Deepening Groove

Anne Marie Ruff, journalist, author of Through These Veins, plant biotechnology, AIDs, art

Peter Cox, British literary agent

Robert G. Pielke, author of Rock Music in American Culture

Jacquie Kubin, former managing and senior editor of The Communities at The Washington Times

Maureen Stanton, author of Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

Derek Haines, self-published author of more than 14 books, novels and essays

The Third Man and Déjà Vu: A Love StoryConversation with journalist Harvey Black about the Graham Greene screenplay and movie starring Orson Welles and the Henry Jaglom film (See the interview link above.)

Eduardo Santiago, Cuban author of Tomorrow They Will Kiss

Michael Johnson, journalist who lives in Bordeaux France and writes for The International Herald Tribune, Open Letters, Facts and Arts, The Columnists--and more.

Enjoy and do let me know what you think. Comments always welcome.

February 24, 2015

Get This: (Re)Making Love: a memoir wins the Watty

Now what did she say? You’ve watched the Oscars. You know what an Oscar is. What, pray tell, is a Watty?

First things first: The amazing Wattpad is the brainchild of Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen, who had an inventive idea that people love to read, love human expression and that that is the real news. 

Here they are:

Ivan Yuen and Allen Lau

Every year Wattpad headquarters, that's some 96 folks who work in Toronto, have their version of the Oscars and they call it: The Wattys!

Get this: (Re)Making Love: a memoir won! This version of the memoir includes the whole tale of the good, the bad and the foolish with photos on every single chapter and YouTube videos of romantic comedies, songs and more.

Click ☞Why I’m on Wattpad for how I discovered this marvelous, innovative site. 

And I am not alone: 

35 million users 

spend 9 billions minutes

on Wattpad every month

With all the “news” that bombards us daily, Wattpad understands that poetry and memoir and fiction and the desire to invent lie at the center of the human heart.

Here is William Carlos Williams on the subject:

My heart rouses
               thinking to bring you news
                              of something
that concerns you
                 and concerns many men. Look at
                                  what passes for the new.
You will not find it there but in
                despised poems.
                               It is difficult
to get the news from poems
                 yet men die miserably every day
                                 for lack
of what is found there.

—William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”

With love to Wattpad,