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Raised with love and music!
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Tommy Thompson will be inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Oct. 15th. link
I feel very fortunate to be one of 18 recipients of the 2011–2012 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Awards. The awards are made in the categories of poetry, prose writers, songwriters, composers, playwrights and screenwriters. This year's other recipients include Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, Paul Baerman, Fred Bahnson, Belle Boggs, Morri Creech, Paul Crenshaw, Ansel Elkins, Mark Engebretson, Gregory S. Eyman, Landon Godfrey, Eric Hirsh, Marjorie Hudson, Rebecca McClanahan, Alex Moratto, Marty Silverthorne, Christy Smith, and Charles Dodd White.

Those Fascinatin' Shakers!

A revolutionary religious sect founded by a woman, Shakers were masters of simplicity and models of communitarianism, gender equality, pacifism, not to mention being wonderful architects and craftspeople, peerless horticulturists and organic gardeners -- AND they had blew too???

My Summer Reading List:

Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock.
Houdini, Tarzan, and the Perfect Man: The White Male Body and the Challenge of Modernity in America by John F. Kasson
Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America by Thomas Foster
The Golden Voice -- A biography of Isaac Kalloch by M. Marion Marberry
The Road to Wellville by T. C. Boyle
The Women by T. C. Boyle
Indiana Gothic by Pope Brock
Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan
The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle
Drop City by T. C. Boyle
Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle
East is East by T. C. Boyle
When the Killing's Done by T. C. Boyle
Torilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle

C. B.

I know we're all thinking of her. Here's a beautiful little snap from back when, with Catherine and Foley. New York friends are planning a little gathering at the West Bank June 20th, just "to grab a bite and a drink to toast Catherine and commune with others who loved her and are feeling her loss, intended to be very easy and informal as Catherine would like -- for a few short hours."

What a dear woman. She had such a wonderful effect on all of us back then, back when (especially during the DIAMOND STUDS era). I always thought of her as our own private Dorothy Parker or Lillian Hellman, only nicer and kinder and prettier.
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WATCH THESE! -- from C. Baker on a YouTube pic album about the alphabet.

There is more at whydrawanything's channel on YouTube.

And whydrawanything's photostream at Flickr

& The book trailer for Clyde Edgerton's new novel THE NIGHT TRAIN


I recently returned from the Blackhawk Hills of NW Illinois, doing my new show "Sarah Bernhardt in Texas", at the Mighty Richland Players of Orangeville -- and I believe a good time was had by all.

It was great fun to reunited with John and Caryl Buford, Sue Wichman, Terrie Miller, Phil and Terri Jackman, Peter Woodruff (who directed), Sheri Novak, Emily Evans, Josh Ryan, Sandy Janicki, Mary Jo and Jim Frederick, and Chuck Hancock, and newcomers Jenn Brunner, Lynn Epping, Sandy Sweitzer and Reynold Nolan. Everyone did a fine job.

We did 8 shows, 5 in Orangeville, 1 in Galena and 2 in Stockton, and had a great cast party the last day at Peter's beautiful farm off Terrapin Ridge, complete with joy rides on his Gator (till it wiped out in the crik!) I even got to go kayaking upon the mighty Pecatonica River. The MRP have asked me back to write a new show for them next spirng and I can't wait!

Back in February Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, Joe Newberry and I played at the Upstairs at Marsh Woodwinds. It's a wonderful concert space filled with comfortable couches and oddball knick knacks above Rodney's music store on North Person Street in Raleigh. The old Hard Times Jazz Band "big city" backdrop is on hand, plus a huge wooden leopard with ruby eyes prowls the upstage!

Adapted for the stage by Clyde Edgerton, from his novel of the same name. Music by Mike Craver. Directed by Steve Umberger, musical numbers directed and staged by Amy Jones. Featuring Bo Thorp, Patti Cuccio, Fleur Phillips, Greg King, Trip Plymale, Duke Ernsberger and Mike Craver. Reviews: Winston Salem Journal & Creative Loafing, Charlottte

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