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Water Is . . . Music by Chris & Tina of Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club. Video Written & Edited by RSW.

I wrote this for the Paul Newman Charity Safe Water Network. Chris and Tina did an amazing job with the music!

And it was reviewed by this blogger the first day:… Read the rest

Boats Against the Current Nearing Completion: Finally!

Inspired by a 1996 New Yorker article by the esteemed Westport writer, Barbra Probst Solomon, who first connected the Gatsby dots to Westport, Deej Webb and myself picked up Barbara’s baton because her piece was ignored by the Fitzgerald scholars. Besides writing numerous books and essays, Barbara had also started a literary magazine with her good friends Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer, and yet nobody bit on her thesis.

We interviewed more than a dozen scholars, dug into the archives at Princeton, made a presentation at a Fitzgerald Society Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. We even journeyed up to Burlington Vermont when it hit 18 degrees below zero to film one of Fitzgerald’s granddaughters, who incidentally, rarely speaks to anyone

What we uncovered was not only surprising, it made us realize that the Westport Fitzgerald home was much more than just about Gatsby, which let’s face it, should suffice for any literary buff (come to the event to learn more).

But the narrative isn’t just about what happened here in 1920, it’s about what’s happening today. This remarkable home is for sale and unprotected–meaning, anyone could buy it and make it tomorrow’s Teardown of the Day, just like Ray Bradbury’s … Read the rest

Up the Amazon Charts, Again!

This marks the fourth Amazon Chart that My Year as a Clown hit number one on!


best seller tag dark comedy


1 humorous dark comedy



My Year as a Clown -- surrounded by great writers and great books!

My Year as a Clown — surrounded by great writers and great books!… Read the rest

November Tour Dates with Declan O’Rourke

I’m appearing next week in New York at Rockwood Music Hall 2, World Cafe in Philly and FTC in Fairfield. I’ll be playing original songs and reading an excerpt from my novel: My Year as a Clown — which incidentally was chosen by Amazon this month to be part of their Kindle Big Deals.

Thursday, November 13 @ 6:30 Rockwood Music Hall 2, New York City

Friday, November 14 @ 8:00 World Cafe Upstairs, Philadelphia

Saturday, November 15 @ 8:00 Stage One, Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, CT

I will also be appearing at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, November 20 @ 7 to talk about the documentary I’m making with Deej Webb.

Here’s a clip I took with my iPhone while in the studio with legendary drummer Omar Hakim:

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