|RECENTLY REDISCOVERED: These are the pages in my journal I thinking |
aloud before I have my first-ever interview for my first-ever writing job.
I must have impressed because I was hired for Record Week soon afterwards.
I now have more than a dozen of them weighing down one of my shelves. They are all a multi-media hodgepodge of words, collages, to do lists, calendars, phone numbers, and naked, uninhibited thoughts. Just the usual, yannow?
I've recently posted a few of the pages of my journal on my facebookery and people seem to like them. My friend (and former workmate at Island Records) Kathy Hahn reminded me how much she loved reading through my journals and how they anticipated internet postings, but in an analog format. It was a truly Smack My Head moment. I had never considered that before, but she's absolutely right. Page after page of my journals mimic what I would later try to recreate on the innertubes.
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|In college I wrote a regular column called "Octoroon Expressway" for the alternative |
newspaper. The journals have lots of collages made from 4 for a Quarter booth pics.
Several years ago an unnamed friend at an unnamed publishing company was convinced a compilation of my journal pages would make an interesting book. It was something I had never considered before, but she convinced me to go through all of my journals and highlight interesting pages with Post It Notes. She thought some pages could be published "as is" while some would need some text for context. However, she thought a compilation would provide a time capsule of the era.
I did as she asked and then packed all my journals and sent them to her. She had them for so long that became worried that I'd never get them back. Whenever I'd request them, she'd tell me that she thinks she had her editor convinced, just give her a little more time. Eventually, the publisher passed on the project and I finally got my journals back. She had them for almost 2 years.
|My staff photographer was longtime friend Steve Feldman|
My new totally original feature Throwback Thursday will be, like my many journals, a hodgepodge of ideas and thoughts. However, the connective tissue will be that they will all be about history, whether it's my history, or that of the world at large.
If you follow my Twitter of Facebook feeds, you will know I often exclaim that history is complicated. Hopefully, Throwback Thursday will simplify some of that complexity.
Throwback Thursday will provide a bit of fun for me as well. I'm looking at it as an archaeological project, whether I'm mining my own life, or digging up little-known facts and events from history.
So, dear readers, tune into the Not Now Silly Newsroom every Thursday at this time for a look back on people, places, and events that will delight, infuriate, or simply confound you.