Month: June 2017

Reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin in New Orleans

During my junior year in college, I took a literature class that focused on short stories and poetry. There were three writers/pieces that I still remember feeling deeply moved by at that time: 1. The poetry of Sylvia Plath 2. The dark and unsettling short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor 3. An excerpt from Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel The Awakening I don’t know why I never went back to read the book in its entirety… until now. I’m in New Orleans at the moment working on the film Louisiana Caviar. There isn’t a...

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Sing Me a Sad, Mad, Yearning, Burning Song

Music history is rich with songs of heartbreak from the blues to those 80s hair bands departing from their standard rock anthems to sing us those sweet, sweet ballads to Adele’s chart-topping songs of today. What is it in us that wants to revel in those sad, mad, yearning, burning songs? I’m going to highlight some of my favorites of this genre (which isn’t technically a genre, but you know what I mean): 1. Midnight by Tor Miller (2015) – Only twice in my life have I walked the streets of New York City after midnight, and that was...

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