Well, one of these is something that I’m probably going to worry about; performance anxiety and all…
Of course, in terms of what we can all share, there’s a report on a survey among conservation researchers that showed considerable pessimism among them about near-term future biodiversity. It’s something I try and touch on in the new novel; there are some pieces I originally wrote that go head-on on how the species count has diminished, though not having the right characters to observe this detracted from the narrative. So as a result, I put those aside to find someone who would be a better speaker for the trees. Maybe someone short with a bushy mustache…
As for my own personal worry, it concerns doing a public piece. Writing, you see, isn’t just sitting down and typing and hoping people like you. It can also involve sitting down and typing something you read aloud and hoping people like you after that. If you’re looking for examples of writers that do that, there are regular reading events held over at KGB Bar and Symphony Space in New York; if you’re out on the West Coast, there’s Charlie Jane Anders MC’ing the Writers With Drinks events in San Francisco, which come highly recommended; some day if I get out there the right night, count me in.
And then there’s this event:
Guests are welcome.
THIS I BELIEVE: City Congregation Members Join the Conversation – Round Three
For years on NPR, and in the 1950s on Edward R. Murrow’s radio show, celebrities and ordinary people have participated in an extraordinary conversation about their core values. More than 60,000 of these three-minute talks – ranging in title from There Is No God (by Penn Gillette) to An Idea of Service to Our Fellow Man (by Albert Einstein) to Be Cool to the Pizza Delivery Dude – are now collected on the This I Believe website (thisibelieve.org).
In our program an eclectic group of City Congregation members will offer their own three-minute reflections. Moderated by Carol Sternhell, TCC member and professor at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. This was such a successful program the last two years that we are repeating it again this year.
Yes, you can come on down this Friday and watch me make a
spectacle of myself presentation that I hope will be worth the price of admission. If nothing else, it’s a way to get a clue as to what gears are missing under my hood…
And who knows, today the 14th Street Y, tomorrow Symphony Space. Or at least the corner of 95th and Broadway as I babble to myself; either works for me…