Writing this was hard. I was very lucky to be edited by Chad Harbach, who spent many months (6? I forget. Possibly more) working on it with me. My writing group — Bennett, Anya and Lukas — also read several drafts and helped a lot. I would like to dedicate its appearance on the internet to the memory of Raffles, who cost me a lot of money but was worth every penny. I still miss you, buddy.
“My roommate in New York City is a dating expert. She was one professionally for years, but now she’s more like a retired military general about it. She can’t stop talking strategy. Now, instead of writing tips for an online dating website, she just tells me what to do. And then I pretty much ignore her.”—
“We live in a world where corporate doublespeak insists that we should “follow our passion to success.” Assuming, of course, that our passions can net a profit for—or even bring us to—the C-suite. Those of us who don’t aspire to a directorship, just a way to create and to live comfortably enough, are left to forge our own definitions of success. The film’s cyclical structure has been called dreamlike, but it’s more like a cold haze of repetition, something that anyone who has ever had to fit their passion into a few precious “off hours” has felt in their bones—a struggle that will never be new and will never get old; will never change.”—The Rumpus Review of Inside Llewyn Davis by Laura Bogart (via therumpus)
“I’m also obsessed with Tumblr and the way it acts as a co-creation, self-publishing platform. Thousands of people are, usually collaboratively, producing a lot of short-form, episodic fiction and hundreds of thousands more are reading it. Is this the start of a new storytelling format? Actually, no – I used to write fan fiction consequences in school by passing notebooks around – but Tumblr allows this creativity to explode, making it very easy for readers and publishers to discover real talent and energy there; very interesting.”—Digital publishing: the experts’ view of what’s next | theguardian.com (via rachelfershleiser)
The Waitresses, The Great Goddess Diana, performance art vignette created as part of Ready to Order?, 1978; pictured: Anne Gauldin and Denise Yarfitz, photograph by Maria Karras (image ID# wb78.2009, Woman’s Building Image Archive, Otis College of Art and Design)