While looking out over the water from the balcony of a mansion on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut tells his friend, Joseph Heller, that their host makes more money in a single day than Heller will ever earn from his novel, Catch-22.
Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have.”
Vonnegut questions, “What’s that?”
Untitled 10 by David Schoemer via Lee Cerre
& a thank you to Conrad Pitts for sharing this story. . .
“Benjamin Franklin was a genius, one of the great inventors of this country. What did he do? Well, everything.”
Can Do by Maria Kalman
This beautiful story from The New York Times today: Femininity, Salvaged
Lillian Bassman: Women
Anais Nin – The Delta of Venus
Thank you to Maria for sharing this story. Visit www.ted.com for more ideas worth spreading.
Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity: http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html
Amy sent over a great link this morning: Natural Goes National
All of the websites offer fantastic wine lists, stories and reviews. **Photo from the Terroir Natural Wine Bar & Merchant in San Francisco
George Dawes Green is a brilliant writer, storyteller and founder of The Moth in New York City. He started The Moth because he “wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda’s porch.”
On one of my recent travels, I listened to his story called “The House that Sherman Didn’t Burn.”
In fact, I have listened to the story about ten times since that first time and have tried to re-tell it just as many. This is Southern Gothic at its best. George Dawes Green is a flawless story teller – a quality that is highly prized here in the south.
**The photo above is from the Forks of Cypress, a plantation of lore in my community that burned to the ground in 1966. There were stories upon stories from my childhood about the ghosts that wander those lands. But then, that is another story…
Each time I speak publicly, I am invariably asked about the process of publishing or our Alabama Studio Book Series.
After poking around on the internet I was surprised to discover that while writers are often interviewed about their books, there are very few interviews with the editors. Our editor, Melanie – whose desk is pictured above - is a force to be reckoned with. She has an unerring eye, commitment to quality, and an extreme attention to detail. These characteristics make her a very, very good editor and a dear friend. I am extremely grateful for her belief, support and patience over the years. It is important to choose an editor carefully as you will spend a lot of time with that person. For example, we started working on Alabama Stitch Book in 2004 and held a printed copy in January of 2008. While it is unusual to spend that much time on a book, it can happen. Here are some of the questions that I have fielded for Melanie over the years with a few additions of my own: