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The Female Accent →

I recently made a web site for The Female Accent. We’re an independent improv troupe performing in and around Washington, DC. I hope you’ll check the site out, particularly if you’re in the DC area.

The site is hosted at Tumblr. If you’d prefer to follow us via other networks, we’re on Twitter and Facebook.

Some Come Blogging Through

I was searching for a publication date for a story of mine today, and thought Google might be the quickest route. Instead of finding my answer, though, I was pleasantly surprised to find a 2-year-old blog entry about the story in question.

I wish this upon any writer, as I was incredibly moved!

I’m going to use this kind tweet from Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl as an excuse to remind you that I co-host a podcast with Nick Klinger. We have a lot of fun with it, so maybe you should listen to it. Maybe.

Tabletop Day Promo

Nick and I produced our first video over at Carroll ünd Klinger. I hope you’ll check it out!

I wrote a short story called “Suicides” that’s now live at The Citron Review.

LIVE at the Writers House →

I recently had the pleasure of reading a short story at the 100th episode of LIVE at the Writers House. That episode was recorded at Kelly Writers House in West Philadelphia, then aired on WXPN.

It’s now available at the link above for your streaming and/or downloading pleasure. Enjoy!

This blog is now one year old. Here’s my first post, in which I explain the origin of the blog’s name.

Farewell Charlie

Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel was fired this afternoon. He’s arguably the best manager in team history, and was in charge for the 2008 World Series win and a number of successful seasons before and after. I don’t really need to go into much more detail: he was beloved, and for good reason.

To put it briefly: I loved Charlie because he knew when to care and when not to. One of the most annoying things about following Philadelphia sports is a whipped-up hysteria about every sporting event or decision, most of which don’t matter. And I’m not just talking about “in the larger world” matter, but often in “the Philadelphia sports world” matter as well.

Charlie simply didn’t care. A thousand writers have probably described him as “laid-back” and “relaxed,” and I’ll do it too: he was laid-back and relaxed. He was. I can’t put it any better. And I’ll miss that. Yes, he wasn’t a king of strategy, and he believed in obnoxious sports ideas like “his gut” and “hunches” over statistical evidence.

But while he wasn’t a progressive baseball manager, he was a progressive Philadelphia sports figure, and I’ll miss having him around the team and the city.

Bye, Charlie. You were good to us and for us.

If you’re not following my side project The Critics Agree, you might want to click here to check out our brand new podcast.

I reviewed Ariel Djanikian’s The Office of Mercy for Cleaver magazine. Check it out by clicking here.

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