THE GAME OF FOUR: Eduardo challenged me to answer this series of questions and then challenge fellow bloggers to answer them as well. I accepted and here are my answers:

Four jobs you’ve had in your life: Assistant librarian, bookstore clerk, concession stand worker at the Atlanta Zoo, newspaper editor.

Four movies you could watch over and over: Wings of Desire, Another Woman, Short Cuts and Jackie Brown.

Four places you’ve lived: Just Georgia...Fayetteville, Riverdale, Jonesboro and Atlanta.

Four TV shows you love to watch: MASH, Absolutely Fabulous, Amazing Race and Lost.

Four places you’ve been on vacation: London, Paris, Ireland and New York.

Four websites you visit daily: BBC, CNN, New York Times and London Underground.

Four of your favorite foods: Hamburgers, turkey and dressing, peanut butter and fresh creamed corn.

Four places you’d rather be: London, Paris, Berlin or Dublin.

Four albums you can’t live without: Hounds of Love, Kate Bush; Filigree & Shadow, This Mortal Coil; Savage, Eurythmics; and Post, Bjork.

Next four tagged: Theresa Davis, Peter Pereira, Stan D. and Patricia Smith.

Side note: In the last few days I've had the pleasure to interview U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser (who's coming to Atlanta for a reading at Oglethorpe University on Feb. 9), Leslie Jordan (who plays the hilarious foil Beverley Leslie to Karen on Will & Grace) and tonight I interviewed Ricky McKinnie of the Blind Boys of Alabama. Talk about being all celebrity-ed up! And...and...and...I'm practically quivering as I write this...Sharon Olds is coming to Atlanta for a reading on March 23. Somebody pinch me.

Also, the name of my chapbook might be changing. Also thanks to Eduardo, I discovered that poet Stuart Greenhouse just won the Poetry Society of America chapbook award for...you guessed it...What Remains. I titled my chapbook as an homage to photographer Sally Mann's book of photos, which is one of my favorites. I also knew that Carole Radziwell had given her memoirs the same title, but there was no other books of poetry (that I knew of) that had the title What Remains. Sure, I could leave it, but I don't want the confusion and, selfishly, I don't want to share it with another poet. Stuart beat me to the punch for a swell title, so I can't fault him. I spoke with my editor at MetroMania today and she agreed a title change was not a bad idea. We've pretty much decided on the new name, but I'll make the announcement in the next day or so.

Sigh...

Comments

Nick said…
Congrats on the Ted Kooser interview and all the other stuff you've got on the backburners. Enjoy!
Peter said…
Sorry to hear about your title being taken, but that's how the cookie crumbles. I think you're right to avoid confusion.

I'll get you for tagging me mister! (~grin~)
I'm so helpful!

Don't keep the new title to yourself! Share.
Kate Evans said…
I saw Sharon Olds read (with Galway Kinnell) in SF about ... hm ... 14? years ago. It's funny to see all that sexed-up stuff coming out of the mouth of a tiny woman who seemed a little reserved.
Sorry about that! It wouldn't've bothered me, personally, had you kept it . . . a few years ago, a novelist Nick Delbanco published a novel of the title, not too soon after I'd titled my mfa thesis the same. I tried a few different titles because of that, in the end I settled back on WR, it felt most right. "Slow to Burn" is a good title too, I hope you're happy with it.
Collin said…
Hey Stuart...no worries. It is a great title for a book. Congratulations on your win, and thanks for checking in here. :)

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