Have you ever felt lost and, worse than that, deliberately led astray? It’s a bad feeling. Especially when you’re paying for the privilege. Here I tell the story of my 14 years exploring the mysterious, serpentine corridors of psychoanalysis — and what happened when I declared my intention to leave therapy.
On Monday, November 18th I’ll be part of an all-girl review. My fellow storytellers will include Sharon Spell and Kerri Doherty, with comedian Anna Drezen kicking things off. I’ll tell a tale of mystery, horror and psychoanalysis.
Today I’d like to draw your attention to the two songwriters behind the band Fountains of Wayne, Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. Some of the most emotionally rich and intellectually original songs I can think of have come from their heads and hearts.
On Monday, Nov 4 I’ll be doing some standup as part of the just-relocated Talk Therapy Storytelling show at Three of Cups in the E. Village. Get the details here.
Some of us are more awkward than others. I told this tale of paralyzing social phobia and the search for friendship at college at the Hartford, CT storytelling show “Speak Up” over the weekend. There was an unintended consequence, but a happy one, as a result.
Before I wrote stories, I wrote about elite running. This profile of the great marathoner Khalid Khannouchi concerning his attempt to qualify for the Olympics after close to eight years of injuries and failure never got published anywhere other than on my blog. Running Times passed on my pitch because they didn’t see any evidence that Khannouchi would actually qualify. I thought they missed the point. Anyway, this remains one of the pieces of writing I’m most proud of, so I thought I’d move it over here. It was published in December of 2010, at a time when I still had ambitious running dreams of my own.
We all know what the big, stalwart shows are. But for every Moth, RISK! or Soundtrack Series, there’s another 10 shows quietly making an impact (and giving new voices a mic). Here are some of the more interesting ones that have appeared (or reappeared) on the landscape, plus some notes on shows that have stopped or gone on ‘pause.’
Maggie’s lyrics tell tales of heartbreak, obsession, longing and regret. Mixed in is a kind of doleful whimsy. Who else could write an eight-and-a-half-minute song about finding the perfect winter coat? And make it work? No one other than Maggie Roche.
I love Zevon’s lyrics for their intelligence, literacy, tenderness and dark wit. These things are only enhanced by the fact that most of his stronger pieces (and there are many competing for that rank) feature interesting characters and and a compelling storyline. They often sweep you through geography, history and intimate events, all in just a few verses and choruses.
On Saturday, September 28 I’ll be performing at Speak Up. The theme of the evening is “Schooled: Lessons Taught and Lessons Learned.” It’s at 7:00 pm. It’s free. You can buy beer, wine and food there. It’s in an old typewriter factory, for fuck’s sake. How cool is that?! Okay. So here’s the thing: it’s in […]