Tuesday, May 8, 2007

for every light that shines, a shadow falls

I don't read nearly as much as I would like to, partly due to my current online addictions, blogging & Facebook. So if someone is going to read to me, I'm all for it.

I'm really into podcasts because content wise, they are far more interesting to me than what is available on mainstream radio and television. One of the most prolific podcasters out there is Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff. He produces a number of different and excellent programs from the crass Pacific Coast Hellway to his hysterical account of Hollywood from the assistant's prospective Where's My F*cking Latte (also available in the traditional format, known as a book). His work is both provocative and entertaining.

His literary brilliance is especially evident in Shadow Falls. I'm not sure exactly what genre this book would fall into but I would describe it as suspense-mystery-fiction, if that makes any sense. What's interesting for me is that if I saw this story in book form at a store I wouldn't give it a second glance. I usually go for light, funny, fluff books. Yes, I am a chick lit nut. Forgive me. Let's just call it a guilty pleasure and move past it. Unless everyone I know has told be to read it (eg. The DiVinci Code) it's not likely that I will pick it up. But I'm completely addicted to Shadow Falls. I find myself cursing at my iPod when the episode is over because I can't wait for the next chapter. I'm completely hooked. This story is really freakin' good!

I guess the point is that podcasting has exposed me to a host of interesting things that I never would have heard about otherwise. It's also given people like Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff the opportunity to get his stuff out to the public, make a living off it and retain ownership of his work. His copyrights are his own. He has full control of how is work is used. He doesn't have to answer to "the man." He's free to be as creative as possible. Isn't that what being an artist is all about?


Keris said...

If you like chick lit, you'll enjoy the chick lit blog I co-edit, Trashionista.

Thanks for the tip re Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff - sounds great. I'll check him out.

Keris x


vivian said...

Thanks for the tip Keris! Looks like a great blog. I'll be sure to spend some time checking it out in depth this weekend, when I have more than 5 spare minutes. It should get me through my Sunday morning pot of coffee!

Mark's work is really great. Not even close to chick lit but a fantastic writer with a vivid imagination.

Thanks for the comment.


Pel said...

Hmmm, Shadow Falls does look interesting. I'll have to see if I can find it as a book though. I like podcasts but I get so distracted. I end up having to replay bits that I've missed, all because I've seen something shiney outside.

Would be good to have on my mp3 player for long journeys though. Just need to plan one now :D

vivian said...

If it wasn't for my commute to work, I wouldn't listen to nearly as many podcasts as I do. I too get distracted and end up rewinding (wow, what a cassette word) and listening to things over. I must admit that I don't watch much tv or listen to the radio since podcasts came into my life.

Pel said...

I'm not big on TV and Radio at the moment. Basically TV boils down to House, Peep Show and NCIS. And on the Radio just The Unbelievable Truth.

Podcasts though...well there is a big BNL catalog to work through :D

I've still got some cassettes kicking around! And you can hear the DJ at the start of alot of the songs...

vivian said...

The BNL podcasts are awesome! I really hope they start doing them again.

I love that you have cassettes Pel! It makes me feel a bit younger than I actually am, given that you are at least a decade younger than me. I have fond memories of sitting at the stereo, taping as much as I could from the radio because my parents would not let me buy albums and cassettes. When I got my first job, I probably spent my first year's pay on cassettes. Ahh, the good old days.