Lately a typical day consists of planning and executing weekly twitter chats for The Peoples Vote, blogging about the upcoming launch and latest developments with the company (e.g. our upcoming meetings with reps in Washington D.C.), then putting out the content on all TPV social media platforms (twitter, FB, LinkedIn, etc). I also spend a lot of time reaching out to radio hosts, bloggers and journalists, to book interviews and secure features about the company and its founder Chuck Kirkpatrick.
I also maintain my own blog www.dariadigiovanni.com where I write about politics, current events, family happenings and other things like book and restaurant reviews. I’m also attempting to finish my sequel to Water Signs, Sea To Shining Sea, and am still stuck in Chapter 5!
As you can imagine, I probably spend way too much time on the computer!
But I do find time for Leslie Sansone’s 4-mile Walk At Home workout, which keeps me in shape mentally and physically.
On a related note, our good friend Premo Mondone, founder of Red State Talk Radio which rebroadcasts our show and several others, was in very bad car accident the other day, resulting in a broken back and leg. Sending out prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery. God bless you, Premo!
A collection of individual stories about colorful residents of Manhattan that vary from poignant to heart-breaking to humorous, Drinking Games was one of those books I completed in one sitting, entirely captivated by Mednick’s ability to weave a tale and elicit a multitude of emotions. And while native New Yorkers will undoubtedly identify with the real-life settings like Ryan’s Irish Pub, Empire Szechuan and Madison Avenue, all readers — irrespective of their birthplace, geographical upbringing, or current place of residence — will relate to the ubiquitous human foibles, emotions and situations on display throughout Drinking Games.
As the title suggests, alcohol plays a considerable role in the lives of the characters, mainly as a means of avoiding pain, drowning sorrows and underscoring the depths of their unique and oftentimes tragic circumstances.
For example, there’s the story of Leroy a once very successful, distinguished black gentleman who in spite of his homelessness, presents himself to the world as a dapper, high-class member of society — albeit with a love for the bottle. He draws a 22 year-old grad student into his world one night at the bar, thus instigating an unusual yet strong bond of friendship culminating in an inevitable and tragic end, one that offers valuable lessons for the student.
Then there’s the outwardly successful, ultra-modern “Older Woman” who in spite of her better judgment, instigates a sexual relationship with a young guy and fellow subway rider 20 years her junior, which ultimately and predictably ends in heartbreak. Her story begins with her slumped over the toilet in a drunken stupor, a victim of her own misguided decisions.
In the story of Don and Betty, we find quiet desperation in a husband who truly loves his wife but struggles to cope with her lack of interest in physical intimacy and his inability to articulate his frustrations in an attempt to reach a resolution. One night while drinking with his oldest buddy Bob, he finally confesses the reality of his marital situation, much to Bob’s surprise since he — like most of Don’s peers — had always regarded the marriage of Don and Betty as model to which all couples should strive. Bob’s solution is to whip out the card of a “discreet” local call girl named Lisa who in his estimation is a much better solution than “any damn therapist”. Initially shocked and repulsed by such a notion, by the time the story ends Don’s frustration has reached such a level of intensity as to compel him to dial the number. “Hello Lisa..?” the short tale ends, leaving it open-ended as to whether Don follows up on his impulses.
Overall, Drinking Games is an engaging, thought-provoking read that will resonate with all readers who have ever suffered the consequences of bad choices, struggled against the foibles of human nature and strove to overcome life’s obstacles — from broken hearts to unfulfilled promises to unrealized dreams. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll relate to Brian Scott Mednick’s believable characters and unvarnished dialogue.
Get your copy of Drinking Games today — and don’t forget to purchase one for all of the readers on your holiday gift-giving list!
Please join me for a humorous, engaging hour on Writestream this Thursday, November 17 at 11 a.m. Eastern when I welcome author-comedian Brian Scott Mednick to the program. This multi-talented author-comedian-filmmaker will discuss among other things his second book, Drinking Games, released on November 1, 2011 and available on Amazon and CreateSpace; and his biography of Gene Wilder, Funny and Sad, published in December 2010 by BearManor Media.
Brian Scott Mednick is an author, filmmaker, and stand-up comedian who graduated New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and Television in 1995. Brian spent fifteen years writing and researching a biography of Gene Wilder entitled Gene Wilder: Funny and Sad, published in December 2010 by BearManor Media. Brian is widely considered the foremost authority on Mr. Wilder and his work, and his book has been cited in publications in the United States, Europe, and India.
From 1990 – 93, Brian served as producer of the syndicated radio program Soap Opera Radio, which featured interviews with the stars of daytime television. Brian has been active in the New York independent film scene and has worked in various capacities for Geraldo Rivera’s Investigative News Group, Gramercy Pictures, Shooting Gallery, and New Line Cinema.
Brian Scott Mednick wrote, produced, and directed the 1992 short filmConfessions of a Male Prostitute, which received a rave from Rex Reed, who wrote, “I am a bit speechless. This is exemplary work…revealing much sensitivity and intelligence. I actually could have hung in there with [these] characters for another hour or so.” Mr. Reed further said that Brian has “obvious talent” and concluded, “This short film is so good I would be very keen to see what [Brian Scott Mednick comes] up with in the next few years.”
Brian has reviewed film and theater for such publications as Show Business Weekly and Good Times. His political writing has appeared in Metro and on parcbench.com. More recently he has been contributing entertainment related pieces for The Jewish Voice.
I can’t wait to talk to Brian about his impressive body of work and his advice for aspiring authors, comedians, filmmakers and other artists. As always, we welcome your calls into the live show at 909-362-8228 and/or your participation in the Twitter live chat using #Writestream!