Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Tonight at 7 PM, "The Life and Work of Sally Mann" on Cinemax

25 Years of the Brown Sisters
A Year of Mornings, a photoblog
Presenting: My friend, the Oral Narrative
Put plainly, an oral narrative tells a story entirely through bytes and quotes and weaves them seamlessly into a narrative (often without explicit authorial mediation/intervention), arranged by chronology, theme, or other narrative scheme. My favorite example is out-of-print (Savage Grace) but seeing as Killer Films will soon come out with Savage Grace (the movie), look for the page-turner at your local bookstore. Many credit George Plimpton with creating the genre. To that end, former Paris Review editors are writing an Oral Biography of Plimpton, in the very genre he defined.
Some examples:

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007


I am looking forward to running down the bunway when I return.

Back from the Shakers in Maine. I meet with the town undertaker today to discuss the finer points of embalming in the 1920s. Will let you know how it goes.

Happy 2007
From the woods of New Hampshire, the Granite State: Live Free or Die!