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For Russell Mitchell and Richie Nocella, who were too soon taken from this Earth to be once again a part of the Cosmos, and to Steve Ferrera and Dr. Robert Wilkinson, who are still here. And a special shout-out to William Shakespeare, John Updike, and all my South Jersey high school students without whom this story could not be told.
Have I ever told you about the time I performed the “Tomorrow” soliloquy from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth live on the stage of the Folger Shakespeare Library? No? Well, that’s because up until last Sunday, I hadn’t done any such performance.
But now I can tell you the tale (and, no, you smart-assed Shakespearean scholars – it is not a tale told by an idiot).
I performed the monologue as part of a day-long celebration at the world-renowned DC Shakespeare institution to honor what would have been William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.
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While most of Roy Blount Jr.’s public appearances involve his talking about his books or delivering a hilarious lecture on the people and the habits of the South, you can sometimes see him performing with the most literate band in all the land – the not-so-legendary The Rock Bottom Remainders.
The band, which took its self-mocking name from the publishing term “remaindered book” (a work of which the unsold remainder of a publisher’s stock of copies is sold at a reduced price), consists of some of America’s biggest selling authors including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Mitch Albom, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan.
At his appearance earlier this week in his home town of Decatur to discuss his new book Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations, Blount briefly talked about the Remainders and his role in the band.
“I really have no idea why I’m there,” he said. “Some of the guys can actually play, but If I even pick up an instrument it goes out of tune”.
Can a book talk make you hungry?
Well, if it’s the recent food forum featuring noted Atlanta chef and former Top Chef contestant Kevin Gillespie discussing Roy Blount Jr.’s new book Save Room for Pie: Food Songs and Chewy Ruminations with the author, the answer is yes.
If you’re not familiar with Blount or his work, think the regional wit of Mark Twain or a more historical, but none-the less hysterical Dave Barry.
The discussion was held in Blount’s hometown of Decatur, Georgia, where Gillespie operates Revival, one of his two wildly popular Atlanta-area restaurants.
When it comes to the image of a southern good ole boy, you couldn’t find one much more opposite than that of Sheldon Cooper, the extremely intelligent, rigidly logical, and completely socially inept breakout character of TV’s long-running, highly rated comedy hit “The Big Bang Theory”.
But in a ironic twist, Cooper, played by multiple Emmy winner Jim Parsons, was supposedly born and raised in Galveston, Texas, has a overly devout southern-drawling Evangelical mother, and a doting grandmother he calls by that most southern of sobriquets “Mee-Maw”.
For those few who aren’t familiar with the show, it revolves around the antics of Cooper and three other brilliant young scientists whose geekiness and intellect are contrasted for laughs with the social skills and common sense of the women they encounter in their lives.
However, the real co-star of the show, after humor, is the actual science employed on every episode.
Hi. I’m Dave Price and welcome to my writers page – Write On with Dave Price.
I hope you like what you find here. I also hope you will visit the 4 blogs I created, curate, write for, and publish. They are:
For 3 Nonfiction Books I’m Working On
- Senior Moments (w/Older Today Dave) – Ideas and tips about actively aging so your later years can be can be productive, meaningful, and fulfilling.
- Sprinkling Stardust: A Grandpop Speaks – My thoughts on growing old, grandparenting, and some of the important issues facing all of us, no matter what our age.
- Talking ‘Bout My Generation – The people, places, things, and ideas of interest to Baby Boomers and those who wish they were.
- Rock of Agers – A look back at the music and artists from rock and roll’s 2nd Decade (1964-1973) and those who are still carrying on that sound today.
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- Sixty and Me – I’m a featured contributor to this online magazine which reaches about 250.000 women worldwide.
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