Several of the blog idea sites I check out from time to time when I’m stuck for a topic suggest taking on something controversial. That typically doesn’t appeal to me because I’m not fond of controversy for the sake of controversy. However, in this case, I think there’s something fairly fun I can do with it. You see, I saw an article on CNN.com yesterday about Time Magazine naming their ‘Person of the Year’. I just happen to feel it’s in error. Yes, it’s true. Time Magazine blundered their choice for ‘Person of the Year’ for 2014. Well, true-ish. It should have been The New York Times Bestselling author Ayelet Waldman.
Archive for the ‘People of Interest’ Category
There are very few artists whose albums I’ll buy without listening to first. Of those I do, it’s because they’ve been around for a long time and I’ve come to know and respect the quality of their work. This can be said of Australian-based Alien Skin. I first came across creator/singer/songwriter/musician/producer George Pappas during his time with Real Life and continued a correspondence after. He is the quintessential gentleman; warm, knowledgeable, and extremely appreciative of the folks who listen to his music.
He recently released his latest album, Creature With The Human Face, and I thought I’d introduce the folks who read my meanderings to him. Well, and Alien Skin. So, grab your cup of tea or coffee, sit back, and meet my friend George. Trust me. You’ll like him!
I’ve been doing a little summer organizing while down with a sinus infection over the past week. And in going through old files, I came across another interview I did back in 2003 with singer Linda Eder. Up until my hubby moved to Chicago, I’d never heard of Linda Eder. I’d walked to number of CD stores one morning (which I wasn’t supposed to do) and I heard the song Vienna playing in the store. I bought the album (also which I wasn’t supposed to do) to surprise him with when he came home. He was surprised! “You went to a record store”? he asked. I presented him with my find and things took a very odd turn. “Oh, Linda Eder! I love her! How did you know?” Uh…er…because I’m that good. I love Linda Eder, too!
I had no clue who she was. He did, though, and it’s all that mattered. It was a couple years later when I was in my ‘serious’ mode of wanting to do more than online reviews that I thought I’d try to interview the woman whose singing I’d started to really enjoy. Okay, and it didn’t hurt the hubs was impressed that I was able to actually land it! It’s secretly all about pleasing him. He’s trained me well. So for those of you who are fans of Linda Eder, I suspect you’ll enjoy this little trip down memory lane.
Just how much can you pack into a weekend? You’d be surprised. Between my husband and my friends, I don’t think I’ve had a short vacation where I’d come away feeling refreshed and rested in fifteen years. And no, I’m not whining and crying. I’m just pointing out the obvious. It’s also only fair to say the tradeoff from not getting any rest is the sheer amount of fun we have! Take the past four days with my best friend from college and his girlfriend. We had phenomenal homemade food, delightful food prepared for us at exceptional restaurants, rubbed elbows with a few celebrities, shopped, watched a couple of movies and kicked a little ass playing laser tag. And don’t think for a second we weren’t completely and utterly exhausted at the end of each evening.
Now you can feel sorry for us.
It only took…what…a year to make this happen? If there’s one thing about Pookie, it’s that he’s always got at least 4 or 5 things going on at the same time. He’s a multi-tasker, so trying to get him to sit down and concentrate on something like this isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It helped that I narrowed it down to 10 questions, so he was gracious in accommodating me so that I might entertain you. After all, there’s something to be said about the man behind the author…besides “harder” and “faster!” You know, while taking dictation.
This was first published on Modamag.Com in 2002. My kind thanx to the owner of the site for letting me putting it on my own site now.
In celebration of the upcoming Halloween holiday, I thought I’d dig up this interview about a director who’s responsible for some wonderfully scary ass movies! Welcome back to 2002:
This was originally on 2/02/03 on Modamag.com.
KA: There was a rumor at one time that Saavik might be pregnant with Spock’s child, especially since she went through Pon farr (Ed. Note:the time in a male Vulcan’s life when he is driven to mate) with him. Was that ever toyed with?
This interview was conducted on 2-02-2003 and first published on Modamag.com.
I had the pleasure of meeting Robin twice after this interview, once at DragonCon in Atlanta and the second time at the MotorCity Comicon here in Novi. She’s absolutely delightful! I can also say that my conversation with her has stayed with me long since. My only regret is not staying in better touch with her. In any case, here is Part 1 for your enjoyment.
I Married A Vorlon…And Other Tales From Beyond The Rim: A Conversation with Patricia Tallman (Part 2)Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Note: I did a little poking around on Facebook today and it looks like Pat does have a Babylon 5 Scrapbook that she’s releasing on August 17, 2001. Not sure about anyone else, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! Anyone interested can order it here.
Now, onto the second part of the interview:
KA: With your work in musicals, are you planning on ever coming out with your own CD like fellow Babylon 5 alumni Claudia Christian?
PT: No. No. I don’t have that great a voice. My friend Robin Atkin Downes, who was also on Babylon 5 and played my boyfriend…
KA: The one you were naked with in Season 5!