|towers of cheese and scrimshaw
||[Dec. 16th, 2008|07:21 am]
trillian_stars went out to an audition last night and, of course, she got the part. More on that when showtime approaches. I'm always happy when she gets new roles, but I'm sad that her "I can't, I have rehearsal" icon will be showing up again. The house seems empty without her, despite five cats and the remnants of touring rock bands passed out under the sofas. However, I can use it as an excuse to read more.
And I have been reading more. Periodically over the years people on this blog would say "Wow, you should know Michael Swanwick" and I'm glad for the reoccurring prodding, because now I'm happy to say that I do know him. A five time Hugo award winner, with a new best of collection that just came out (with a illustration on the cover), he's also written fantasy, like The Iron Dragon's Daughter which I think is being re-released in hardback this year, and generally all around extraordinarily artistic person.
While Trillian was out at the audition I spent the evening with Michael and his lovely wife, Marianne and had a truly delightful time. As I was about to leave he handed me a christmas card (addressed to "Trillian Stars and Consort") gleefully announcing "I just saved 42 cents!" (the wonderful thing is that I think he really was happy at having saved the 42 cents through hand delivery).
But we had lots of sensational company this week. The wonderfully talented Brian Viglione was in town for a while. It's like recharging life to see him, he just makes me happy to be alive. Go Viggie.
.:tee hee:. That's exactly what I was thinking! ;)
Hi! I added you to my friends list a few days ago. In the interest of open disclosure and non-lurking behavior, I just wanted to introduce myself and say how much I enjoy reading your journal and looking at your beautiful and interesting photographs. The books you have done are excellent, both in subject matter and in the way you approached your subject. Thank you for sharing!
i can just see the business card now:
Trillian Stars' Consort
yay for getting the part
jealous you have 5 cats - I'm not allowed more than two! and he hates at least one of those.
and I'll say it here as well - YAY VIGGIE! It's true - he does make you very happy to be alive - especially when he hugs you! No-one hugs like him!
Brian Viglione just exudes goodness. Like the kind of person for which being nice and giving is just a way of being, and not something that takes effort. I'm glad what I see in your pictures of him is who he really is. We need more people like him in this world.
Brian Viglione is, hands down, one of the coolest people to ever walk this Earth.
2008-12-16 03:06 pm (UTC)
Devil in Dover: An Insider's Story of Dogma vs. Darwin in Small-town America
My good friend, Lauri Lebo, wrote this book about her experiences as a reporter in Central PA covering the evolution trial in Dover, PA. She used the framework of her relationship with her Fundmantalist Christian Dad as the conceit to hang the story on. While I thought the whole book to be well written and engaging, I particularly liked the parts where she wrote about her conversations with her dad about morality, truth, and the trial.
Check it out:http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Dover-Insiders-Small-town-America/dp/1595582088
handsome uber talented man. i imagine he would be a good friend to have.
and "trillian's consort?" awesome. that's really just fabulous
love the Trillian Stars Consort line - superb!
I love that word... 'consort' so old worldy :)
and oh goodness, what a dream boat that Viggie is.
So nice to hear he's one of the good ones.
I have no doubt there are tons of wonderful, creative people in SF but reading your LJ makes me think that they must all be in Philadelphia.
2008-12-17 02:06 am (UTC)
"And I have been reading more. Periodically over the years people on this blog would say.....and I'm glad for the reoccurring prodding"
Hi Kyle, As an occasional fan of your blog and one of those who have "prodded" i thought i'd give you another little poke and see if you'd tracked down "ROCKABY", for me Samuel Beckets most masterfull work.
An earler post asked for readers Rocking Chair stories and this was mine. Now since i have not read on your blog words to the effect of "Have just read Beckett's ROCKABY and the world has tilted on it's axis, the seasons swapped places with one another, all things stopped from where i began and restarted in a different place" then i am assuming it's still on your list of things to do.
But don't even think about just reading the script. You need to see this acted out, either on the stage, the DVD screen or perhaps Trillian doing a reading for you; if by some twist of fate the 3rd option occurs i demand a youtube link :-)
The piece simply doesn't work until Billie Whitelaw or an actor of comparable talent breathes life into this old womans lifeless lips.
There are clues here that shouldn't be ignored!
Kyle, thank you for this photo...for me to drool over. *bites knuckle*