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Multi Media Daddy Baby

I was recently a guest on this podcast, Notebook On Cities and Culture. It was a lot of fun to talk about so many different things, from Portland crime, Portlandia, publishing, writing, favorite writers, and more. Take a listen.

And then I was interviewed on the Believer blog with Bryan Coffelt!

But wait–I also wanted to show you this video of me reading at the Hugo House Reading Series a year ago. This was one of the funnest readings I’ve ever done (I’m around the 34-minute mark) and the story I read is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written and will hopefully turn into a novel someday (if I have my way with it). Also–Sherman Alexie!!

In other news, I got some boxes of the newest Future Tense release, Monogamy Songs by Gregory Sherl. It’s officially out in January but I gotta show this baby off now. Future Tense really killed it this year. That’s right–I said it!

Photo on 12-3-12 at 11.19 AM

That’s about all for now. Thanks for listening, watching, reading, doing, making, living…

Teacher Man

Hey friends,

Just a quick update to let you know that I’ve got some teaching action coming up. If you want to hang out and listen to me jabber a little and do some writing and stuff like that, please sign up!

First off, I’m doing this flash memoir class at the Crow Arts Manor (bottom of the page) on Saturday, August 13th. We’re gonna do it outside if it’s not raining, so it won’t be like you’re wasting a Saturday afternoon behind a desk! C’mon–it’ll be fun!

At the end of September, I’ll be doing a special weekend stay for the Oregon Writers Colony. I’ll be having 1-on-1 meetings with writers and sharing meals and hopefully enjoying the beach a little too.

In November, I am reading at Hugo House and will be doing a workshop there the next day as well. Check out the sweet poster for the reading.

In other news, I watched the movie version of The Men’s Club tonight with my friend Santi. Like me, he’s a big Leonard Michaels fan and we’d been talking about seeing the movie for a while now. It’s on Netflix Instant and it stars some great talent like Roy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The book was probably my favorite blast-from-the-past discovery of last year (it was published in 1981) but I’ve heard rumors that the movie was terrible. And well, it pretty much is. For starters, the beginning music and titles are like something you’d see and hear on a cheesy 80s TV series. Santi and I just looked at each other and laughed.

Some of Michaels’s great dialogue is preserved but something is lost in the translation to film. Maybe reading funny quaint sexual euphemisms like “We made it” are better read in your head than spoken aloud.

About halfway through the film, the dudes go to a whorehouse and spend the rest of the movie there. For about the fifth time in our viewing, Santi and I laughed and said, This wasn’t in the book! But those scenes did have some of the best lines, especially as Jennifer Jason Leigh breaks down Frank Langella’s comically uptight character.

But man–the MUSIC! It was uncomfortable. At the end we found out that this guy was to blame. I mean, the dude should really be ashamed.

The point is this: Go out and read some Leonard Michaels books (ESPECIALLY The Men’s Club) but avoid the movie, unless you just want some curious and cringey chuckles.