Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

flannery o'connor's chicken walks backwards + moth stories in georgia


I thought I would never find this but thanks to George Dawes Green, the author and creator of the Moth Story Slam, here it is. I met him via the Moth but we're working in Savannah on the Unchained Tour.

I'll admit the video is too brief and disappointing but I'll take what I can get. Flannery said of the experience,"When I was six I had a chicken that walked backward and was in the Pathe News. I was in it too with the chicken. I was just there to assist the chicken but it was the high point in my life. Everything since has been anticlimax.” Not for me Flannery, not for me.

mark cohen - my favorites of his work

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


In anticipation for the August release of Jonathan Franzen's new novel Freedom, here's a quote from The Corrections:

"It's the fate of most ping-pong tables in home basements eventually to serve the ends of other, more desperate games."

I love The Corrections so very much, I've listened to the audio recording several times in the car. That book is no slim vol!


In defense of my adored Jonathan Safran Foer getting ragged on Huffington Post by a no doubt, frequently rejected writer, I bring you this quote:

"Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae."
-Kurt Vonnegut

Granted, I have thrown a book or two against the wall myself but this quote is funny and apt it seems, which leads me to another quote:

"Sell while you can: you are not for all markets."
-Rosalind via Shakespeare, As You Like It

Monday, August 9, 2010

greetings from alabama

This deserves a post of it's own. Corn at my MeeMaw's house for Sunday lunch. It's merely a coincidence that it's neighboring some sweet tea. Now that is more than one stick of butter!

Sidebar--I love that all the older men in my family wipe the sweat from their foreheads with pocket handkerchiefs, simply classy. I've been collecting state hankie's to make pillows out of and I'm thinking one of them may have to be sacrificed so I can don a matte face at the lunch table.