The Square, Decatur, Georgia, 9 August 2009. I’m formulating a definition of my writing style based on my recent work, which has been focused on my hometown of Atlanta. The name I’ve devised is Southern NeoRealism and I’m working to develop characteristics of it, based on common themes in my writing. For instance, a character’s … Continue reading Southern NeoRealism: A Working Draft
I'm collecting all my essays and non-universe stories into a single collection, due out the first of next year. Here's my current cover conception.
Some years ago, I started working on a story about the late-90s tech boom in Atlanta, which featured as its main character a web developer turned entrepreneur named David Cairo (pronounced Kay-ro, like the town in Georgia). I created the rough outline of a story and several chapters, but never fully fleshed out the material … Continue reading Expanded Universe, Alyssa
I had the opportunity to see Serial Blackface, a world premiere play by Janine Nabers, at Actor's Express in Atlanta on Wednesday, 6 April. Serial Blackface is about the struggles of a low income mother and daughter dealing with the disappearance of a younger son, set against the backdrop of what has become known … Continue reading Reflections on the Child Snatcher: Serial Blackface and the Atlanta Child Murders
My collection of essays, The Cheese Toast Project (ISBN: 978-0-9848913-4-4), is now available in print at online booksellers, and in print and Kindle versions at Amazon.com. The essays are about family, writing, music, drama, religion, politics, and history. Early drafts appeared on my blog, Raised by Wolves and have since been revised and expanded.
Note: This article has been updated and expanded in my essay collection The Cheese Toast Project, available in print from online bookstores, and in print and Kindle at Amazon. A Streetcar Named Desire is heralded as one of the greatest theatrical works of the twentieth century and is one of the best known and most … Continue reading A Streetcar Named Delusion
While I was at Serenbe Playhouse this weekend to see Man of La Mancha, which is an excellent show I highly recommend, I ran across this reminder of their equally great production of Hair a season or so ago. During the production, it was used as their box office. I can imagine Ken Kesey and … Continue reading Serenbe Street Scenes, Hair Bus, 5 April 2015
Note: This article has been updated and expanded in my essay collection Words Words Words available in print from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Laurence Olivier once referred to Hamlet as the story of a man who can't make up his mind. While there are elements of indecisiveness in Hamlet's actions, to say he can't … Continue reading Myths and Myth Making in Hamlet
I'm normally a creature of habit; I buy fruit and don't eat it; I always set the alarm clock earlier than I should, then hit the snooze button until I feel like getting up; I always buy the same brand of toothpaste, even if there are deals on other brands. This behavior on my part … Continue reading Force of Habit