The Best Revenge — “Debbie” Voigt Gets the Last Word

Call Me DebbieDown to earth American soprano Deborah Voight has released a memoir – Call Me Debbie, and is now on a book-tour. Being one of the most famous opera singers in the world doesn’t make you famous enough to sell books these days. There’s got to be more of a hook, some shiny metal that will attract people who’ve never heard of her, or been anywhere near an opera house.

Yes, opera geeks, such people do exist.
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Failure to Launch: Goodreads Giveaways

imgresIf you’re looking for advice on how not to sell your book, you’ve probably come to the right place. I vacillate between believing Blood Diva is not a bestseller because of factors completely outside of my control AND/OR it sucks. This despite several loyal readers whom I’ve acquired who may drop in to tell me otherwise. Thank you, loyal readers! You are keeping me alive. Literally! But let’s not go there, lest we summon the mental health police. (Please click to find out more about what won’t sell your book.)

Vampire in a Chador

imgres-1They had me at vampire in a chador. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a great film and a helluva introduction to filmmaker Ana Lily Amirapour. I haven’t been this excited by a debut indie since El Mariachi.

Like El Mariachi, A Girl (as I will call it here) seems to have been made with a budget of loose change found behind the couch cushions. It’s filmed in glorious black and white. It references many genres, films, and styles while still always being completely singular. There is also a haunting soundtrack including Farsi music, and visual touches best not spoiled by gobsmacked reviewers.