The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Kevin Smokler
Author of “PRACTICAL CLASSICS: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School”
Kevin Smokler is the author of the essay collection “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School” (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) which The Atlantic Wire called “truly enjoyable” and the editor of “Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times,” A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle and on National Public Radio.
He’s currently working on a book about movies from the 1980s.
As a performer, he’s told stories onstage at events in San Francisco New York and Boston and had hosted Fray Cafe, South by Southwest annual evening of storytelling since 2007.
Kevin Smokler sits on the advisory boards of SXSW Interactive, Salon97 and Symbolia Magazine and speaks on the future of media and culture at companies (AOL), conferences (SXSW, The IdeaFestival) and universities (M.I.T, Stanford, University of Michigan) throughout North America.
He is represented by Amy Rennert of Amy Rennert Literary Agency and lives in San Francisco.
You can change just one thing. You can change any physical aspect, something in your past. Does that one change affect everything else?
Word of the Week:
This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/
kalopsiathe – noun – The delusion that things are more beautiful than they really are. Kalo must be a root that means beauty.
In other words, sometimes taking action rather then making a rational decision occurs which results in short term satisfaction and issues with a long term consequences.
Bring Out Your Dead:
4:00 PDT May 30 Alicia Dumans –
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