Browsing All posts tagged under »mike d’orso«

Fortune Cookie Fortune Writing Contest prize books announced, entries due July 1

June 22, 2013


PORTSMOUTH, Va. – There is a week and change left to send your entries in for the 2013 Fortune Cookie Fortune Writing Contest via email to You can also enter via paper ballots at the front counter at Fair Grounds News & Coffee at the corner of Baldwin and Colley avenues in Norfolk. This year’s prizes […]

Writing Craft, Vol. XV: Author and journalist Mike D’Orso on Pumping Granite coming to paperback (Part Two)

May 5, 2013


NORFOLK, Va. – This is the second and final part of a conversation with author and journalist Mike D’Orso, whose book Pumping Granite chronicled a Barre, Vt., quarryman’s sexual awakening. Hey now. Beg your pardon. Misread my notes there. Pumping Granite (And Other Portraits of People at Play) [Texas Tech UP, 1994] is a collection of narrative sport-related journalism […]

Writing Craft, Vol. XV: Author and journalist Mike D’Orso on Pumping Granite coming to paperback (Part One)

May 3, 2013


NORFOLK, Va. – Author and journalist Mike D’Orso was the subject of the first craft talk I wrote for this blog a couple years ago, when we discussed the great story “The Project and the Park.” It captures the housing project near Harbor Park as that sports venue opened, and it is only one of 45 […]

The year in review, such as it was

December 26, 2011


PORTSMOUTH, Va. — This blog is a year old. I’ve enjoyed writing it. Enjoyed interviewing folks for it. Learned about writing and art and some other stuff too while doing it. Et cetera. So thanks for reading, especially those of you who stuck with it from early on — and even those who just check in for […]

The year in silly cutlines, such as it was

December 22, 2011


PORTSMOUTH, Va. — As this blog’s first year comes to a merciful end, I will celebrate in the next couple of posts by recycling content. I mean, looking back wistfully or some such what have you. Point being, since the “and humble photography” part of this blog has all but been left behind in massively long […]

D’Orso to celebrate Kerouac on Monday at Kerouac Cafe because D’Orso Cafe is just a pretend place I made up for this headline

October 22, 2011


NORFOLK, Va. — On Monday at Kerouac Cafe, Norfolk author Mike D’Orso will host the reading and conversation “Remembering Jack,” honoring the recent 42nd anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s death and celebrating the life and work of the famed Beat writer. The event is at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, at Kerouac Cafe, 617 W. 35th […]

Fortune winners, runners up will remain on display at Kerouac Cafe

July 2, 2011


The exhibit of 2011 Forfune Cookie of the Damned fortune writing contest will stay up at Kerouac Cafe in Norfolk, Va., through most of July, not just a week, as I’d initially thought. I found out during an informal gathering last night at Kerouac, 617 W. 35th St., Norfolk. No formal end date, but they’ll […]

Fortune writing contest winners revealed; display opens tonight at Kerouac Cafe; bears quicker, more cunning with E-ZPass

July 1, 2011


And the winners are … Hold on. Let’s just acknowledge that this post, true to form for this blog, buries the lede deeper than a wannabe New Yorker scribe unpacking his first anecdote. The 2011 Fortune Cookie of the Damned Fortune Writing Contest is over. Entries were funny, fun, creative, and some other words, too. […]

Language, lines and listening

May 27, 2011


This post is about priorities, if you bear with it. As both who read this blog know, the actor and activist Ted Danson and Norfolk, Va., author Mike D’Orso recently spoke and signed books at Prince Books. The talk was moved across the street from Prince to the Selden Arcade in downtown Norfolk due to […]

Ted Danson reschedules Norfolk appearance at Prince Books

April 28, 2011


It’s back on, baby. Ran into Prince Books owner Sarah Pishko this evening in Norfolk, Va., where it is always sunny except when it is not, and she said Ted Danson is scheduled to come to Norfolk next month. And so it’s sunny again. As you may recall, Danson had to cancel a planned visit in […]


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