Give a famous author a bottle of whiskey and an iPhone and this is what happens.

More: http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/06/04/more-drunk-texts-from-famous-authors/

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2013/01/01/drunk-texts-from-famous-authors/

Word for Word is back! 

“a brilliant adaptation of Shepard’s prose for the stage.”—Jason Victor Serinus for SF Examiner

Asked to take part of Magic Theatre’s “Sheparding America” festival, which celebrates the acclaimed author on his 70th shows by ACT, Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo, and Crowded Fire, charter member Amy Kossow immersed herself in his short stories and poems, eventually emerging with the adapted script, 36 Stories by Sam Shepard. Co-Artistic Director JoAnne Winter says, “It’s got everything: A talking severed head; a man-sized hawk; a dangerous female mercenary. It’s the story of a lone writer on the road in search of inspiration in dingy motels and seedy diners. It’s the story of what happens to you when you’re busy making plans. When you’re doing one thing and life comes crashing in to take you in a completely different direction.”

The show opened on May 24 to rave reviews and runs through June 22. A must for all fans of literature, theatre, and the intersection of where the two meet. If you have yet to see it, be sure to get your tickets now:

http://zspace.org/w4w/sam-shepard

Photo: Mark Leialoha

"The regional council of Calabria, in southern Italy, has approved a bill to reduce jail time for three days for each book read.

It would be capped at 48 days in one year – amounting to 16 books in 12 months.”

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

e.e. cummings