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4/18/2006

DITCHING CHURCH FOR BOOKS

Instead of going to church tonight I listened to one of my favorite writers read short stories from a stage.

Or, to be completely honest, I didn't teach at ikon tonight but instead went downtown with friends to hear David Sedaris, an openly homosexual, "liberal", satirical, irreverent, deadpan, sometimes controversial and always funny writer read essays about sex, racism, poverty, excess, love, leaches and every day life.

And I left inspired with the muscles in my cheeks stiff from an hour and a half of open-mouthed laughing. I'll think and write better after tonight. Or annoy myself trying.

Here's just a taste of his humor I find funny because it's true:

"After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations."

"I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out."

Check these out for more.

11 Comments:

Blogger The Cachinnator said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I absolutely love David Sedaris. I'm trying so hard to get him to come to Waco... but there are a few obvious snags. First, I can't afford to bring him in yet. Second, I don't really want to get picketed just as things are starting to go well at the Hippo. This man is one of the funniest humans alive. Every time I read or hear him I feel so jazzed about writing again! We're so talking about Sedaris in our next interview segment!

4/19/2006  
Blogger Todd Wright said...

Sedaris is amazing. What a great opportunity to hear him. (And to skip church, too!)

4/19/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

I apologize that this doesn't have anything to do with the post, but I was wondering if there's any progress on redoing your site? You'd mentioned it awhile back and I started to get excited that perhaps the new site would have a comment RSS feed. I can't seem to get cocomment.com to work on your site and I'm having a hard time keeping up with all the posts and comments.

My apologies, again, for being off topic.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.

4/19/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Kat, thanks for asking. You and a few friends gave me some great advice on how to redo the site but I've yet to take the first step to make it happen. Still trying to decide if SHLOG stays on it's own or gets combined with my music and book worlds in one large site. I'm afraid of making a site that journals the music writing process/travel/etc and book/article writing with every day thoughts on life and faith (SHLOG). Would people who don't know my music and writing and don't care still come to a site that also contained buttons labeled "tour", "biography" and "store" for instance?

I'd plannned to make it a site with three blogs on one page. One (SHLOG) being the featured blog but the others ("Words" and "Music") being there as well. Hard to explain. Basically, short answer, no, I'm no closer to making a new site.

But I have a friend waiting and able to set it up for me when I want to. Any thoughts on this dilemma?

SG

4/19/2006  
Blogger Matthew Smith said...

My wife was at the Sedaris show last night as well. She enjoyed it, except for a couple of bits that were too extreme for her. I hope to see him someday.

4/19/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

Shaun,
What if you made 3 different sites? I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out.

Create your books and music sites shaungrovesbooks.com and shaungrovesmusic.com. Those would be your "business" sites. Then you could create a revamped Shlog.com (with comment RSS feeds of course...:-) which wouod be a mashup of all three sites. Shlog would have the main blog and then sidebars for your books and music news/info. That way there is a site that would be a "one stop shop" for those would might be interested and then you also have your "strictly business" sites as well. I think it would make it less confusing for readers and the search engines as well.

I'm sure there are others that could handle this setup, but my experience is with Expression Engine, so here's how I'd set it up:

You could use the same basic template for all three sites, just with a slightly altered header. In EE it would be super easy just to create 3 different blogs and insert the appropriate blog code into each site template. The Shlog.com site would just have the code for all three in it's template.

The set up may take just a few more hours, but it would be as simple to maintain as one blog and it provides a great solution for all your various audiences.

Just some ideas...I'm full of them....you asked...:-)

*I really do have a life outside of Shlog...it just involves Sesame Street and Barney so I have my intellectual catharsis during their naptime and shlog.com is often my victim.

4/19/2006  
Blogger Tracy said...

Shawn,

Your honesty makes me feel better about my life. There. I said it. Thanks for just being you, and not censoring. Your honesty about the way you live your life is a much needed grace in this world. Hope I'm making sense. I do to me!!!

4/21/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

Perfect sense, tracy. Thanks for the kindness.

Kat, did you say you were coming to the Waco show? I'd love to grab a few minutes to talk about this with you in person. I hang out after shows as long as people want to talk so maybe then. But, then again, you might to put those kids to bed so I'll understand if you can't.

SG

4/23/2006  
Blogger Kat said...

Shaun,
I'm always happy to talk tech. I will actually be sans kids. A friend and I are having a "Mom's Night Out" so we'll look for you after the show.

kat

4/23/2006  
Blogger Nancy Tyler said...

I'd love to see Sedaris in person--he's the reason I got hooked on This American Life on Public Radio. I mean to do housework while the show is on. But before long, I'm draped over a piece of furniture, staring off into some cobwebbed corner of the ceiling, seeing those stories in my head and getting inspired to write something good enough to end up on the show someday.

nt

4/24/2006  
Blogger Nialle said...

Are you an Amy Sedaris fan as well? Strangers with Candy was a pretty brilliant show.

Nialle

4/24/2006  

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