Month: January 2011

A flicker of acting talent in ‘The Flick’

Airplane at Houlton International Airport

Me in "The Flick"

Recently uncovered and digitized by its erstwhile director, Brent Stokinger, a high school friend of mine, is “The Flick,” the movie that shook the world (and some people’s heads). It is also known to be the honored vehicle of my acting debut, in which I play the dark-clad villain, Hans Britanicca. Continue reading

Photos of last night’s Literary Death Match in Boston/Cambridge now online (with video)

Eugenio Volpe reads at Literary Death Match.

Eugenio Volpe reads at Literary Death Match.

Literary Death Match kicked off its 2011 season here in Boston, well, Cambridge, at the Enormous Room in Central Square. The crowd in attendance was easily double that of last time, when Literary Death Match was in Boston in October 2010. The energy was high was the four writers battled for the LDM medal in front of three judges. Continue reading

Literary Death Match returns to Boston Tuesday! And guess who’s snapping pics?

Literary Death Match returns to Boston Jan. 25, 2011

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Literary Death Match returns to Boston tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Enormous Room in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. [Update: My photos are now online.]

The event will bring literary names such as Heidi Pitlor, the series editor of Best American Short Stories; 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize winner Myfanwy Collins; and humorist Christopher Monks (of The Ultimate Game Guide to Your Life).

Judging will be Boston Phoenix’s comedian of the year Mehran Khaghani, Broken Singles rock singer/guitarist Sarah Borges, and Grub Street‘s brilliant artistic director Chris Castellani (author of the award-winning The Saint of Lost Things).

I’m happy to report I’ve been chosen as the event’s official photographer. Continue reading

No prescription for Joseph Dankowski (the doppleganger of my father)

Joseph Dankowski

Joseph Dankowski

On January 1 of this year, my mother emailed me to say how surprised she was to read the name of Joseph Dankowski in her local paper, The Somerset Times. When she mailed the newspaper clipping to me at my request, I saw that it was a legal notice to creditors announcing who had been appointed personal representatives to certain estates, including his. But as soon as I got her email on New Year’s Day, the following memory of my father, Joseph Dankoski, came instantly to mind.

I don’t know if it was in the summer before he died in 1998, or if it was any other time he was sick before then, but I remember that one time my father and I went to the Rite Aid pharmacy in Houlton, Maine. We strolled up to the white counter in the back of the store to pick up a prescription, perhaps, for my dad. The pharmacist, a tall man stationed as his computer, asked my dad for his name, and my father answered in a grumbled, almost annoyed, voice: “Dankoski. Joseph.” Continue reading

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