Come learn the Kasper Hauser method for Group Creativity in a special workshop led by Dan Klein. Master Teacher Klein reveals the secrets to blending the Awesome Powers of Yes and No into creative magic as part of the Temporary Improv Festival at the Eureka Theater this weekend: http://www.tifsf.com/TIFSF09/Schedule.html
Rob wrote a short story for the Significant Objects project — a web site started by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker. The two gave cheap thrift store objects to writers, asked them to make up a story about the objects, then put the items (along with their stories) on eBay, to test the premise that the added story would increase the objects’ value. Rob’s story is about a porcelain figurine, pictured below. You can read and bid (on this and other objects) here.
We’ll be guests on Sedge Thomson’s excellent radio program West Coast Live this Saturday, July 23rd. (The show airs from 10 am to noon CA time). Also on the bill, comedy legend Mort Sahl! Here is a list of stations around the country that carry the program.
Last year we did a lot of writing for Superego Industries (Ben Karlin’sHBO-sponsored production company) on a web site called Wonderglen. It’s the fake intranet site of a dysfunctional production company — you can see all of the employees’ messages to each other, their ill-fated show demos, etc. We had a blast dreaming up this alternate universe, and while the site is no longer being updated, it’s still live and, if we do say so ourselves, there’s a lot of good comedy to explore.
If you Google “search engine,” Google comes up fourth or fifth. True. Go ahead, try it. So last week, when we visited Google SF to do a reading for their authors series, we started with some business consulting on how they might be able to improve their standing in the search and become a “top company.”
A couple of weeks ago, the NYT “Vows” section featured the story of Jennifer Keen and Paul Sousa, an atypical couple for the “Weddings and Celebrations” pages: they are both recovering addicts and community college students; in the photo she wears a wedding dress. He’s wearing shorts.
Yesterday, in the Times’ Public Editor section, Clark Hoyt defended the story against a contingent of readers who “regarded the weddings pages as a place for upstanding people with good educations who come from good families” and who thought these rapscallions didn’t fit in.