In November, I was so happy to perform at the Annual Gala for Developing Artists—in part because I got to sing with Ana Ortiz (photo). But mostly I felt honored. Honored to help this beautiful organization. Yes, it teaches young actors. But it does more. My friend Jill DeArmon established DA after she had taught at several well-known institutions in the city, and was continually amazed at how little freedom her young students were given to create. So, as she writes on the web
Hemingway once said “The first draft of anything is shit.” But how on earth
would he know? Wasn’t Hemingway considered a Godfather of American Prose? Could such a
consummate craftsman ever produce… in his own words… shit?
He could. He did. And so should you, if you know what’s good for you. Let’s take this apart: As almost everyone knows, Hemingway published in a plain, direct style
considered arresting for its lyricism and sparseness. But the key word here is
I was on a rooftop in Greenpoint last night! And cooler still I was listening to the music of one joyously talented artist I've had the pleasure to meet during my search for musical collaborators. Ms. Pauline Pisano! Pauline has completed her new album INSIDE THE WHEEL. It's gorgeous, sincere, surprising and reassuring all at once. Last night we were listening to a selection of songs from the album, and celebrating with her. Many friends showed up for her, and her brother act