Reading from Moz’s Autobiography @ Smiths Social!

Oh, has the world changed, or have I changed? I will be living out my life-long dream of performing (after a fashion) upstairs at Philadelphia’s Trocadero as I read select passages from Morrissey’s Autobiography  between sets at the 18th Pale Descendants‘ Smiths Social. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of The Smiths, and I’ve been a big fan of the 18th Pale Descendants’ renditions of their songs ever since I saw them on my 39th birthday back in 2012. So… If you’re a Smiths fan and you live in the Philadelphia area, drop by the Troc (as the hip kids call it) on the 23rd at 8PM.

Me. Trocadero. Reading Moz.

Me, pretending to be Moz outside the Trocadero, circa 2012.

Trying to Make Sense of the World: An Interview with Charles Holdefer

In the latest installment of my podcast, I interview Charles Holdefer, author of Back in the GameThe Contractor, Nice, and Apology for Big Rod. An American author, Charles lives in Belgium and teaches in France at the University of Poitiers. I caught up with him recently when he was invited to teach a week-long creative writing seminar at the Rosemont College Writers Retreat.

Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old

In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things off by explaining how to make pot holders. The episode ends with a musical remix of the interview titled “Over Under (It’s Kinda Weird).”