Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #184 – “Tying Up Loose Ends”

Welcome to Cloud Creek Ranch!

THE USUAL NOTE FROM LB: From the summer of 2002 to the spring of 2010, Gwen the Beautiful and I were the proud and often exhausted owners of a beautiful Ozarks property we called Cloud Creek Ranch.

In many ways, the ranch was paradise. But it was a paradise with a price that started going up before we even knew it existed. Here’s another Monday musing about our adventure and the lessons we learned.

Oh, and if y’all detect any irony, please believe me when I say it comes straight from the universe and not your kindly Uncle Larry B. read article

“Why Read [and Write] Fiction in a Bad World?”

Found this on Gawker.Com.  Good stuff. If you’re a writer, think of it as “Why WRITE Fiction in a Bad World?”

And, yes, for all practical purposes there’s no reason for all of who write to be crying and feeling guilty because let’s face it. There’s nothing all that special about our planet’s current circumstances. Hasn’t it always been this way?

Is she reading or writing? How about both, dammit? Both!

 By MORTEN HØI JENSEN

n 1932, Samuel Beckett paid a visit to the Paris apartment of Walter Lowenfels, an American poet and member of the Communist Party. Sunk in a corner of the living room, looking like “a forest ranger in a Western,” Beckett listened forbearingly as Lowenfels lurched into passionate speech about the need for anonymity in the arts and the terrible material conditions of society. Increasingly frustrated by the silence of his guest, Lowenfels suddenly exclaimed: “You sit there saying nothing while the world is going to pieces. What do you want? What do you want to do?” To which Beckett offered the languid response: “Walter, all I want to do is sit on my ass and fart and think of Dante.” read article

Writers Guild of America 2022 Awards

The Writers Guild of America Awards winners were announced a couple of nights in a virtual ceremony online. In case you missed it, here’s the skinny.

Oh, and yes, there are one Acme Ton of Winners and Nominees. Because we know how to take care of our own. read article

Larry Brody: Live! From Paradise! #183 – “Playing the Game”

THE USUAL NOTE FROM LB: From the summer of 2002 to the spring of 2010, Gwen the Beautiful and I were the proud and often exhausted owners of a beautiful Ozarks property we called Cloud Creek Ranch.

In many ways, the ranch was paradise. But it was a paradise with a price that started going up before we even knew it existed. Here’s another Monday musing about our adventure and the lessons we learned. read article

Dawn McElligott: Howard Hesseman has gone “Gentle, Into that Good Night”

by Dawn McElligott

Howard Hesseman, the actor who portrayed a man experiencing a rebirth on WKRP in Cincinnati, passed away on January 29th at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

His third wife, Caroline DuCroc, was at his side when he died of complications from colon cancer.  The actor had no biological children, but he did have three god-children, Hamish, Grace and Chet.  Hamish and Grace were also present at his passing. read article