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The Company of Writers: I Highly Recommend and more...

The Company of Writers: I Highly Recommend

Dear Readers of my blog, friends on earth, and writers who mean business,

I had the great fortune to work with Jotham Burrello at The Yale Writers' Conference last year and now I hear there is something for all of us to join and to work at any time:

The Company of Writers

Work with Jotham and you will be very pleased. He is clear headed, very much passionate (in the least corny sense) about writing.  Smart and fast.

Check it out.

Do yourself a favor.


Giving You Carole King

Hi Friends.

I've all seen it or you don't care.

But Jessie Mueller in Beautiful, the Carole King musical...which could be cheesy but isn't, it's fab to behold.

And it's gonna be a movie.

So, I get these discounts...and here it is for you. Go see it. I mean it.





Bring a printout of this offer to: Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 W. 43rd St

-Entertainment Weekly


weeknights this summer


-Time Out New York

BEAUTIFUL is the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being a part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

CLICK HERE for a video of the show.

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Amalfi Coast and Ariano Irpino--Where We Met our Cousins for the First Time :) Lovely.


Train Enthusiasts: All Aboard!

So, if you are someone who always wanted to have a train set that exactly replicated the schedule of your favorite train lines but simply never had the time to set one up in your basement, this is the next best thing.  

If you click on the map and you click on any of the dark blue lines (dark blue lines indicate that a train is active on that line) you can see exactly where the trains are, at this very moment in real time, on that line.

It's like a virtual train set.

Now, if I can only find a virtual saltwater aquarium so I do not have to set that up, either.

Well, there is this:

Happy Nerding!


No Offence, But...

1. I cannot celebrate your religion or your race or your specialness.


2. If you are highly intelligent and build a clear case for something, do know that all you built was a clear case for that thing. And it will eventually be replaced.

3. If you are a fundamentalist you are reductive about everything in the meal. Too much reduction and the sauce gets pasty, thick and opaque, smothering all the tasty bits.

4. If you cannot enjoy someone else's work or ideas, no matter how hard you try, no matter how generous your intentions, fuck it. Be light hearted about it and tell them, "Not my thing."

5. If you think the Bible was written by people who were not writers, with the same propensity as the simplest Hollywood writers who try to teach a moral or to push hard to inspire greatness or to ink up big explosions in order to encourage fear, all in a colorful narrative, then you are just not using your mind to see common cause.

6. I cannot celebrate your children. I love them from a distance. I care about them as human beings. I adore what is adorable about them. I love passing by children in the park, their spark so incredibly endearing and enlivening. It is the same excitement that is riled up when watching the cutest puppy, but even better, really. Kids are an absolute thrill as they excitedly fly by on their scooters, hair in the air, smiles beaming wide for the gift of aliveness. But kids are messy. We were all messy kids. Kids can be lovely and generous and vulnerable and smart and original, too. But, they can also be selfish, sloppy, loud and irrational with little impulse control. And the ones who exhibit grace at an early age are most probably achieving this feat by the use of a great mimetic impulse that will insure their survival: imitating adults in order to please them so the adults will give them what the kids really want: money, freedom and pleasure.  So, though your kids are amazing to you, (and they are amazing in that they are alive on earth), the path of the fascinating child has been well worn so mostly...I see the same dust.

7. If you think your politics (or your religions) are better than anyone else's, remember, you are just trying to feel safe by making everyone in the family follow the same rules. You want everyone to agree with your idea of how the pecking order should be managed. This is a survival technique that you believe will help you to not only feel included and harmonious, but perhaps give you a solid unquestioning earth that you can eventually dominate. You are an animal. Be careful.

8. When you take yourself too seriously, remember, there is a drunk woman in a bar in Brooklyn who would be more than happy to tell you, "Go Fuck Yourself!" I know her. Her talent is laser. And it works.

9. If you are not laughing by now or wanting to kill me, one or the other, or both, you're a douchebag. Even though I cannot believe that term has boomeranged back into usage. A free drink the next time I see you for anyone who calls me a douchebag in the comments.

10. There is no ten. I don't care how many fingers you have.


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