mad in pursuit journal

DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF art and craft

"The Valentine 1955"

I got this in yesterday's email:

Congratulations! Your piece has been selected for our second holiday-themed radio stream, "Valentine Lovesick Stream," a promotional showcase of love-themed radio pieces on PRX. The PRX Lovesick Stream is a streaming-only playlist of pieces that PRX will offer online from February 2nd through shortly after Valentine's Day. The idea is to give more exposure to this unique collection of doe-eyed radio works, so we'll encourage stations and other sites to link to it. Your piece will be included in the playlist, along with a description and a link to your piece page on PRX. PRX will license your piece for use in the Lovesick Stream, so ... it will be added to your earnings for this quarter.

PRX is the Public Radio Exchange, a lively marketplace where producers post their radio pieces to be licensed for broadcast. I don't know that I'd describe my little story as either "lovesick" or "doe-eyed" but I'm thrilled to be in anybody's showcase.

The piece was also mentioned in the opening paragraphs of PRX's 1/23/07 Station Newsletter: "February marks two occasions, captured in this poignant Valentine's story from the racially troubled 1950s."

Irony Dept. As I sit here this week doing my line-by-line, beat-by-beat scene analysis of my current project "Pandora," I think back to writing "The Valentine 1955." I adapted it from an old journal entry, throwing in the tidbit about Huck Finn. It was very nearly my first video project. And it's been my most successful piece, either in video or radio. The radio version always gets a little notice this time of year because of the double-February-whammy it packs (Valentine's Day and Black History Month), as noted above. And it's short — a good drop-in for a station with 3 minutes to fill. And I think my story is perfect — a little history, a silent crisis, a surprise (unsentimental) ending.

SO WHY CAN'T I DO THAT MORE OFTEN??? Okay, back to the drawing board.