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Oct.20.2013
Why am I seeing this? Because you know me personally, have been in touch via email or have entered the Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction before. (Editor's Note: Or know great content on Red Room when you see it.) What the hell do you want from me, for the love of God? An...
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Jul.21.2013
It's more fun seeing human faces and interacting with them than teaching online. That's why I have elected to teach Comedic Screenwriting for the first time at the Writer's Store in Burbank on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 2-3:30. We'll explore some principles from the book I wrote, What Are You Laughing...
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Jun.20.2012
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(Originally posted at Huffington Post Entertainment.) They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but that is completely wrong. Adaptation is the sincerest form of flattery. One of the great joys of my career was getting to know Ray Bradbury, who recently passed away at 91. The first time...
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Dec.29.2011
Senna
1. Senna (dir. Asif Kapadia) Thanks to more than 15,000 hours of archival footage, expertly edited, this thrilling and complex doc on three-time Formula One driving champion Ayrton Senna has the narrative drive of a scripted feature. A legend in his native Brazil, we see how Senna's religious...
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Dec.27.2011
It's with great pleasure that I announce the winners of the 2011 Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction: 1st Place, “The Artist Formerly Known” © Christopher Hivner, Dallastown, PA A small town newspaper story on a bizarre visual artist named Chablis who turns local life upside...
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Nov.10.2011
Mona Schreiber
Win $500. Entry fee: Still just a paltry, laughable $5 per entry (since 2000). You're funny. And I don't mean funny looking. Writers of comedic essays, articles, short stories, poetry, shopping lists, ransom notes and other forms are invited to submit. Don't say nuthin' bad about my mama! ...
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Dec.31.2010
It's my great pleasure to announce the three winners of this year's Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction. 1st Place ($500): "A Little Toilet Drama" by Sharon Rina de Villiers, Durban, South Africa   A woman's desperate letter to her husband-to-be, locked in a...
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Nov.17.2010
What is the significance of the Beatles' studio catalog finally, after years of waiting, being available on iTunes? Is it about Apple making boatloads of money? Is it the conclusion of an internecine and bitter litigation between Apple, Beatles management and the Beatles record label, EMI? Is it a...
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Sep.19.2010
Photograph by William "Popsie" Randolph
Gina Misiroglu of RedRoom.com has enabled me to post my second original essay about my book, co-authored with Steve Roby, Becoming Jimi Hendrix. This time, my AOL piece, rather than concentrating on Jimi's racial identity in the early 60s, explores his phenomenal scope of musical genres, which ran...
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Sep.01.2010
It was forty years ago, September 18, that arguably the greatest electric guitarist to ever live, Jimi Hendrix, passed away. His legacy as an innovative genius is not in question. But when Hendrix archivist-author Steven Roby offered me the chance to co-write a biography of Jimi's developmental...
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Aug.14.2010
Becoming Jimi Hendrix/Steve Roby and Brad Schreiber
After a year of researching, writing, finding rare photos for licensing and agonizing over being completely honest about the life of the greatest electric guitarist who ever lived, I'm pleased to tell you that on August 31, Da Capo/Perseus releases in stores in the US and UK the early years...
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Apr.27.2010
The largest book festival in the US, the recently concluded L.A. Times Festival of Books, on the UCLA campus, is one of the few times one can savor excessive traffic. The 130,000 plus attendees wandered the campus, attending panels and presentations among more than 400 authors. It was this...
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Jul.01.2009
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The 2009 version of the Palm Springs International ShortFest and Short Film Market is concluded and, as the largest festival of its kind in North America, press more easily can navigate the 315 films via not only the programs at the Camelot Theatres multiplex but their film library, abuzz each day...
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Jun.25.2008
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The real shock and awe has worn off a little, that of George Carlin, as he might say, “going away.” I am able to better assemble some thoughts about, for me, the most important comedian we had.   “Going away,” George said about humanity. The planet is staying right here. But we, polluting little...
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Jun.11.2008
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You can learn about a person by what that person does and what that person says. But you can also learn a lot about a journalist by the company he keeps. One of the great rewards in writing arts journalism, it seems, is to praise those who you admire with complimentary analysis. When the...
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