Join Me as I talk to Stephen Jay Schwartz. He is a film guy-turned-author. Before publishing his first novel, Los Angeles Times bestseller, Boulevard, Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen (whose credits include Das Boot, In the Line of Fire, Air Force One, The Perfect Storm, Troy) where he worked with writers, producers and studio executives to develop screenplays for production. Among the film projects he helped developed are Air Force One, Outbreak, Red Corner, Bicentennial Man and Mighty Joe Young. His latest book BEAT is the object of my affection for this interview. Thanks for listening.
Join Me as I talk to the poet Jeanette Clough. This is an archived interview from my show in 2010. Jeanette Clough is a native of Paterson, New Jersey. She has been a waitress, children’s dance teacher, a ship’s librarian, and currently works for the Getty Research Institute. Her most recent poetry collection is Island, from Red Hen Press. She has published widely in such journals as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Pool, Atlanta Review, and online in poeticdiversity and poetrybay. Her poetry received awards in the 2005 Ruskin Competition, the Rilke Competition, the Atlanta Review, the dA Center for the Arts, and the Los Angeles Fin de Millennium competition. She has been an editor for Solo, A Journal of Poetry and a reviewer for Poetry International.
HEAR IT LIVE: Interview with Chad Sweeney
Join me as I talk to Chad Sweeney. He is a new dad and a smart writer and in this interview we talk his daddy-dom and what he called the Woodstock of Poetry his 2010 victory lap made in California. Chad Sweeney’s third book of poems, Parable of Hide and Seek, was recently published by Alice James Books. Poems from the book appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior, New American Writing and Best American Poetry 2008, and the poem “The Methodist and His Method” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Chad’s cotranslations of the Selected Works of Iranian poet H.E. Sayeh will appear next year from White Pine Press, and his fourth book of poems, a bilingual Spanish/English edition is forthcoming from Forklift Books, Wolf Milk: Lost Poems of Juan Sweeney. Chad teaches poetry and is a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he lives with his wife, poet Jennifer K. Sweeney and their son Liam.
THINK OF TWITTER AS AN OCEAN. A wide blue tide that carries news, information, and your BRAND to every shore in the world. Learning to TWEET is like learning to ride a BOOGIE BOARD. Learning to control your movement to smooth, easy motions in 144 characters or less. Paddle calmly–only let the word out for small periods of backtalk; share and re share, like the tide. A TWEET alerts the other surfers in the area of your presence.
WAIT YOUR TURN. Be low-key, never to drop in on another or cut in on their wave. A TWEET is deferential, a TWEET is thoughtful, precise messaging. If you observe your TWEET has been shared by another, return the favor and re share it again.
As with any competitive sport, competency breeds acceptance and respect in your travels, come squall or ripple, TWITTER is an Ocean that can carry you home again. pop in a question, a quote, or a tip to get it moving along again.
Gonzo journalism is a style of journalism that embodies the page without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story via a first-person narrative.
The word “gonzo” first came into its own in 1970 to describe an article by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, who later popularized the style, making it his own. The term also applies to other subjective artistic endeavors—written, spoken, and audio.
Gonzo journalism involves an approach to accuracy through the reporting of first-person experiences and emotions, as compared to traditional journalism, which favors a detached style and relies on facts or quotations, attributed and/or verified by third parties.
Gonzo journalism disregards the strictly edited product favored by newspaper media and strives for a more personal approach; the personality of a story is a multi-sensory expression, unequivocally as important as the event the piece sets out to feature.
Use of sarcasm, humor, exaggeration, and profanity is common and celebrated.
Among the forefathers of the aforementioned new journalism movement, Thompson said in the February 15, 1973 issue of Rolling Stone, “If I’d written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people—including me—would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”
Long live Gonzo Journalism.
wheels roll along the red highway
crying with joy
and coyote calls.
High and low
low down high
Two men still laugh in the dust-heavy air
white top folded down
eyes lolling their stems
popping off and squawk
in the metronome flash-out short radio blare.
life still high
Leather bodies fading in the noonday sun
fat on the dole to horn-rimmed sorrows
twisting mouth candy poplorica smile
black spot in the distance
spinning like the barrel of a six gun.
Life on high
life down low
still life still
One man coughs up a little tiny slice
of his morning keylime pie
choking back lullaby-memoirs as muddled as lime
singing that song that hum that same old hum -ding ring
telephone shock-faced scion.
Under the blue collar of another town
fingernail scratching inner ear glum
the sellout flux horn-busted button-hole smut
shit scrawling dynamo
takes in the dawn
wilderness wild wide
Whenever the typer stops
pushing in long enough
thin man and big man
stoke up and toke up the signal fire
whiskey daydream a go-go.
twice burned in the desert
when the smoke circle scrum
banging marathon drum
lights it up like a match
by gone by the wayside silence
of the lamb chop moon.