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Teddy Wayne is the author of two novels, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil.

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Interview With Louise Munson, Playwright of Luigi

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 10:33 PM

Louise Munson's play Luigi is being produced by Inkwell Theater this summer, opening July 18th at the VS. Theatre in Los Angeles. When Luigi, the patriarch of an Italian family, is in his last days, family members gather in Tuscany to celebrate love, life and rediscover the bonds that hold...

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Interview With Composer Gregg Lehrman

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Gregg Lehrman is a composer and entrepreneur who has helped score music for a number of big TV shows and films. Lehrman has also invented an ingenious new musical instrument, REV, which reverses sounds. I spoke with Lehrman about his invention and his work in the entertainment industry,...

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Interview With Dawn Strauss, Founder of Team Shayna

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:23 PM

In 2010, Dallas resident Dawn Strauss founded Team Shayna to participate in the Red Balloon Event, a run and bike ride fundraiser for Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Team Shayna is named in honor of Strauss's seven-year-old Shayna, who was diagnosed with congenital heart defects when she was...

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Interview With Jonathan Blum, Author of Last Word

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Jonathan Blum is the author of a new novella, Last Word, described by independent publisher Rescue Press as "the story of Kip Langer, a successful orthognathic surgeon, who is trying to raise three children, including Eric, a bright but socially awkward 13-year-old from his first marriage. As Eric...

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Talking Sake With Tora Matsuoka, Owner of Sen Restaurants

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Just as Japanese cuisine has spread its influence in America the past few decades -- the number of Japanese restaurants in the U.S. more than doubled from 2000 to 2010 -- so has the country's prime drink, sake, which has seen high growth in recent years....

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Interview with David Duncan, CEO of Silver Oak Cellars

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Many in the wine industry are saying that this is the moment for American wines. As the harvest comes into full swing, I caught up with David Duncan, CEO of top family-owned American wineries Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars, premier makers of Cabernet...

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Interview With Leigh Newman, Author of Still Points North

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Leigh Newman is the author of the memoir Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home (The Dial Press, Mar. 19). Also the books editor for Oprah.com, Newman writes beautifully and vividly about growing up as a child of divorced parents--shuttling...

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Interview With Tommy Mottola, Music Industry Legend and Author of Hitmaker

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Tommy Mottola is a legend in the music industry. The former head of Sony Music not only launched the latin explosion, worked with stars like Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen, and managed performers from Hall & Oates to Jennifer Lopez, but is a former musician himself who turned his experience...

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Interview With Lauren Schnipper, Producer of Sundance Film K.I.T.

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 2:27 PM

It's a coup for any film to get into Sundance, and this year is no exception -- the famed festival had over 8,000 short films submitted and selected just 65. One is K.I.T., produced by Lauren Schnipper. The film, starring and written and directed by Michelle...

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Interview With Panio Gianopoulos, Author of A Familiar Beast

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 1:11 PM

Panio Gianopoulos is the author of A Familiar Beast (Nouvella Books). A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, his writing has appeared in Tin House, Northwest Review, Salon, The Hartford Courant, The Brooklyn Rail, FiveChapters, and The Rattling Wall, among others. I spoke with...

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Interview With Kellie Wells, Author of Fat Girl, Terrestrial

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:21 PM

Kellie Wells is the author of three acclaimed works of fiction, including Compression Scars, the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award. Her latest, Fat Girl, Terrestrial (Fiction Collective Two), tells the story of Wallis Armstrong, a giantess in the town of Kingdom Come, Kansas, where children...

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Salvatore Pane Last Call in the City of Bridges

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 1:51 PM

Salvatore Pane's debut novel, Last Call in the City of Bridges, follows Michael Bishop, a hard-drinking, video-game-playing, dead-end-job-toiling 25-year-old who's about to meet his match in Ivy Chase, a pastor's daughter. I spoke with Pane about the influence of social media, independent presses and, of course, the unknowability...

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Interview With Christine Mladic, Founder of YoBlocks

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 4:41 PM

It's difficult to find low-cost children's toys that combine entertainment with education, but Christine Mladic has done just that with YoBlocks, small blocks with personalized photos. I spoke with the company's founder about her inspiration for the toys, their benefits for kids, and how she is growing her...

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Interview With Jami Attenberg, Author of The Middlesteins

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 8:11 PM

Jami Attenberg is the author of three previous works of fiction -- the short-story collection Instant Love and the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. She is now publishing what is poised to be her breakout novel, The Middlesteins, a multigenerational saga about the titular family and their...

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Big Bird's Response to Mitt Romney, as Told to Me

(85) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:21 PM

Governor Romney says he loves me. But his track record proves that he cares far more about Wall Street than Sesame Street.

I'm not sure what America Governor Romney lives in. In his, I assume, people live in mansions, dine on caviar, and sunbathe on yachts in the South of...

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"Just Like You": Finding Inspiration With Amy Williams, President of Citizens of Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 11:48 AM

As president of fashion brand Citizens Of Humanity, Amy Williams's charge goes beyond selling more than a million pairs of jeans per year -- founder Jerome Dahan also enlisted Williams to guide Citizens in a direction that promotes a culture of creativity and philanthropy. To that end, the brand is...

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Interview With Julian Tepper, Author of Balls

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 4:20 PM

Julian Tepper's whimsically titled debut novel, Balls, tells the story of Henry Schiller, a 30-year-old songwriter and lounge-player, who is in love with a younger and more musically talented woman, a careerist with a wandering eye. Henry's woes only worsen when he discovers he has testicular cancer. I spoke with...

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Interview With Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Author of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 5:30 PM

In his debut book Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm tackles the immense history of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret government effort to build an atomic bomb. Using the directness and simplicity of the graphic medium, Trinity presents a clear...

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Interview with Keith Bulluck, Former NFL Player Turned Sports Psychology Analyst

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Keith Bulluck is considered one of the best linebackers in NFL history -- and also one of the best people. Raised as a foster child in Rockland County, New York, Bulluck was a leader on a Syracuse football team that included Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney, then anchored the Tennessee...

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Interview With Joshua Henkin, Author of 'The World Without You'

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Joshua Henkin, author of the New York Times notable book Matrimony, is back with his next novel, The World Without You, an insightful and elegant portrait of a family in grief. The Frankels have lost their son, Leo, a journalist on assignment in Iraq, and are memorializing him...

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