Had come across some poems online on old ex- using a 14 line sonnet format, which inspired me to write this poem now on Eyeshot, part of a collection titled The Mystic Writing Pad, with others in it soon showing up in Hobart, Gargoyle, New Orleans Review, Georgetown Review, etc…dig the pic of William T. Vollmann, for ref. to Fathers and Crows in the text…
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There are two curious post-modernist texts a writer can engage in reflexively: reviewing one’s own book, and the self-interview.
I will talk about things he was not able to get to during his Project Camelot interview: working in Hollywood as a writer. I shall discuss the ups and downs of getting his books and scripts optioned but not developed and financed, shooting a pilot for CBS and Sony that didn’t pass muster with the Madison Avenue guys’ focus groups so was never aired, dealing with players, liars, con artists and nymphomaniacs that plague Tinsel Town, and weird experiences and encounters with people like Ray Liotta, Dean Cain, Vincent Gallo, Bruce Willis and Winona Ryder. I will relate what it took to get a low-budget indie film made, winning awards at Slamdance and various festivals, taking a short documentary to Cannes, and surviving as a writer in LaLaLand.
April 14 is the inaugural broadcast of my radio show, A Separate Reality, on Revolution Radio accessed at Freedomslips.com. It is simulcast here and there on the net and available on a number of low-wattage small FM stations around the country, and of course worldwide online.
This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time.
First hour will be me ranting a la monologist about various topics political and paranormal; second hour will be interviews with guests, and my first guest for the first show is Ronald Malfi. I will be broadcasting from Sedona, Arizona, for the first show, Portland, Oregon for the next, and then Los Angeles for others. The cool thing about internet radio, or even regular radio, is you can do it anywhere; all you need is your computer and Skype, or even just a phone. Skype is better for sound with a headset, linking to the station server, and taking phone calls.
Showtime: Saturdays 3-5 pm PST, 5-7 pm CST, 6-8 pm EST. Shows will also be available in the archives at freedomslips and put on Youtube.
I am negotiating also doing a Wednesday prime time slot, 5-7 pm PST, 8-10 pm EST, probably called The Art of Dreaming which will focus on working on the entertainment business in Hollywood: breaking in, trying to sell TV shows and movies, studio films vs. indie films, making a living as an extra, making a living as a TV writer, actor, producer, whatever — Tinsel Town is the “dream” for so many, but how many actually obtain it? How many fight for it? How many are destined, and how many dreams are shattered by a ruthless dream-making industry where the fear of success, and the hatred of it, is something to battle against, and the epitome of either failure or accomplishment.This show may start Wed., April 18, or the following week.
The first time I went to Sedona was in November, 1997; I had just finished directing David Mamet’s Edmond in San Diego via my Alien Stage Project and was working on Seven Women for Masquerade Books.
I have been meaning to get back many times…and now I am here.
I am in Sedona for seven weeks, with my daughter, working on finishing several books.