New articles & reviews: Sebald, Shakespeare, Holbert & more

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After holding out for three months in the hopes that this post would write itself, I provide another article roundup for anyone with the faintest interest in such things:

  • The Final Chapter?” an interview with Marina Drake, owner of Spokane’s Monkeyboy Books, on the store’s uncertain future (Inlander, August 7)
  • Lovers and Madmen,” a review of the joint Eastern Washington University/Interplayers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Inlander, August 14)
  • Native Pride,” an article on the 100th Spokane Tribal Labor Day Powwow (Inlander, August 28)
  • Closing the Cycle,” a preview of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound at Interplayers, and a farewell to the theater’s associate artistic director, Michael Weaver (Inlander, September 4)
  • A news article on the surprise merger between Interplayers Theater and Lake City Playhouse (Inlander, September 18)
  • What Money Can’t Buy,” an interview with the Spokane Civic Theatre’s new artistic director, Keith Dixon, and its new managing director, Marnie Rorholm, on volunteering. Part of the Inlander‘s Fall Arts Preview (Inlander, September 18)
  • Klezmer-izing,” a preview of the Spokane Civic Theatre’s season-opening production of Fiddler on the Roof (Inlander, September 18)
  • Human Proportions,” a review of Lake City Playhouse’s small-scale production of Les Miserables (Inlander, September 25)
  • A review of W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country (Rain Taxi, September 30)
  • Choosing Schools,” an article on “failing” schools (as per the flawed No Child Left Behind criteria) in Spokane and parents’ options (InHealth, Oct-Nov)
  • Bright Lights, Small Town,” an interview with Idaho-born playwright Samuel D. Hunter, recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (Inlander, October 2)
  • An Accidental Marathon,” an interview with directors Nike Imoru and Juan Mas previewing their productions of Neil LaBute plays at Stage Left (Inlander, October 2)
  • Strange Bedfellows,” an interview with Spokane author Bruce Holbert on the publication of his second novel, The Hour of Lead (Inlander, October 16)
  • A review of the Spokane Civic Theatre’s studio production of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which didn’t benefit from editing (who’s Hatcher? you might ask). Could be I’m partly to blame; I submitted it after deadline. The full review is posted on my blog (Inlander, October 23)

One thing I have yet to post is my semi-recent translation of AMG’s Driving Performance magazine. As soon as I have a PDF copy, some clips will go up in my portfolio.

I’m currently working on my first piece for All About Jazz in several years. It’s on Nick Hempton’s Catch and Release Experiment.

Also in the writing queue is a piece on child abuse for the December issue of InHealth as well as the Inlander‘s (un-bylined) Holiday Guide, which I’ve done for the past two or so years. Plus long-overdue (natch) music reviews for Ink 19.