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Archive for April, 2012

Munich Memoir

Munich Memoir

| April 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

We are very proud to announce the video trailer and live Facebook page for our upcoming  book release of “Munich Memoir: Dan Alon’s Untold Story of Survival” through Dapt’d. Dan Alon is a surviving member of the 1972 Israeli Olympic team, and he watched in horror as 11 of his friends and teammates were killed [...]

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Smashing Marilyn

Smashing Marilyn

| April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Editing a book about Marilyn Monroe that is due out in August, I was naturally pulled into watching Smash. This is the potential land of milk and honey for anyone enamored of Adaptations, right? It’s a television adaptation of a Broadway production adapting the life of the icon of adaptation herself, Ms. Marilyn Monroe. It [...]

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Adapting Russell Banks

Adapting Russell Banks

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Reading Lost Memory of Skin, I am astounded once again by Russell Banks’ ability to adapt his writing to create character, time, place.  His voice changes for each protagonist he creates, and in the way a chameleon-like actor slips into the skin of a character, Banks burrows into the brains of his. In Lost Memory [...]

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From NY Magazine — Adaptation SUPREMO

From NY Magazine — Adaptation SUPREMO

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Not long ago, I wrote about Clybourne Park, a kind of adaptation — beginning with a riff — of A Raisin in the Sun, now playing at the Walter Kerr Theater, in New York City.  Michael Alan Connelly posted a piece in this week’s New York Magazine that explains how one of the sub-adaptations, the [...]

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Historical Adaptation – Island of Vice, by Richard Zacks

Historical Adaptation – Island of Vice, by Richard Zacks

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Any middle schooler will tell you that the history teachers who got you to WANT to come to class, who enticed you to WANT to know their subject matter were the ones who wove facts into an entertaining panorama of events and characters, the ones who had you sitting on the edge of your seat, [...]

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Too Many Children Left Behind

Too Many Children Left Behind

| April 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Having spent a number of years in a high school classroom teaching writing and drama, neither of which lend themselves to standardized testing, I have long been baffled by “No child left behind.”  It seems to me that the program left most children way outside the learning curve and punished teachers who attempted to sweep [...]

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War Horse Wars

War Horse Wars

| April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

  I know.  “War Horse Wars” is just a catchy title.  There’s no real conflict among the three adaptations of the incredibly melodramatic story; each one is doing just fine, nurturing soaring fan bases, garnering accolades, making War Horse a household word.  I’m guessing there will be more versions coming soon – at the very [...]

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What’s PETA Advertising?

What’s PETA Advertising?

| April 2, 2012 | 3 Comments

As a promoter of ideas and of content creators and their work, I spend a lot of time pondering the way things are presented to the public, especially online.   And one night last month, over dinner in Phoenix, I had a moment of Zen that took me to a video that’s been all over the [...]

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Societal Adaptation

Societal Adaptation

| April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

The bus ride began pretty quietly – no headphones squealing, no loud phone talkers.  Just a bunch of weary commuters returning to Manhattan from La Guardia Airport.  Then all of a sudden, the loud yet unmistakably slurred voice of a woman shouted, “Hey.  You gotta push me, Faggot?” The young man took the challenge.  “I [...]

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