What do a dropped book, a freshman in college, and Tiananmen Square have to do with one another?
Evidently, quite a bit.
These elements and many more began an unlikely synchonicity when University of Rochester freshman Se Hoon Kim saw a clerk drop a copy of “My Two Chinas” at a local Barnes and Noble.
For the full storyÂ click here.
The first book
Damon wrote The Actor’s Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique with his mentor and long-time friend, Bill Esper. The book quickly gained prominence as a work to rival Sanford Meisner’s On Acting, Uta Hagen’s Respect for Acting, or Stella Adler’sÂ The Art of Acting.
Backstage Magazine called Art and Craft: “a fantastic, long overdue exploration of actor training . . . there is so much pure sincerity and wisdom in Esper’s approach.”
Show Business Weekly called it:Â “A must-read for aspiring and established actors of all stripes.”
David Mamet, who wrote the book’s foreword said: Read more…
In the United States, everyone talks about going green, but in other places around the world, sites exist where green is a fantasy. First you have to deal with the ‘brown’ problem. You have to deal with the dirty, filthy trouble that kills several million people a year, and which — if left unmitigated — will only worsen as years go on.
Did You Know?
In the Zambian Copperbelt, a plot of land the size of two hundred football fields stretches beside the town of Kabwe (population 200,000). Nearly every inch of the plot is lead by-product from Read more…
Damon has been invited to deliver a seminar on Publishing and the Public, sponsored by the Graduate Students Association of Drew University’s Caspersen Graduate School on May 7, 2012 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, please contact Peter Mabli, head of the Drew University GSA: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hosted by The Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Arts and Letters Program at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
SENTENCES 4 is open to current CSGS Students, Alums and Friends, and other Post-Baccalaureate Writers.
July 30 – August 4 2012
Program coordinator: Prof. Robert Ready
For more information, please visit:Â http://depts.drew.edu/grad/summer12/
This year’s exciting faculty slate includes:
Damon DiMarco (CLA; creative non-fiction) is the author of several books includingÂ Tower Stories: an Oral History of 9/11, featuring a foreword by Tom Kean, Chairman of the Independent 9/11 Commission; The Actorâ€™s Art & Craft with William Esper, featuring a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Mamet; My Two Chinas: Read more…
Damon has started teaching a course on writing to PhD students in History and Culture at Drew University’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
From the Caspersen School’s course offerings, Spring semester 2012:
HC 806 001 Writing as a Public Intellectual
Prof. Damon DiMarco
A distinguishing component of a doctorate in history and culture is public engagement.Â This writing workshop introduces advanced Ph.D. students to the practice of writing for the larger public, that is, for intellectually and culturally engaged readers of non-academic print and online media.Â Â The goal of the workshop is for each student to learn how to modulate the discursive practices of academic writing into the substantial but accessible writing of a genuinely public intellectual.
On 9/8/11, Alex Smith and Rick Schindler compiled a list of “Five must-read books about 9/11 and its legacy.”
Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11
By Damon DiMarco
(Santa Monica Press)
“Arguably the most successful attempt at capturing the enormity of the events of 9/11, Damon DiMarco’s sprawling oral history runs a wide gamut of testimony from survivors, responders, witnesses and people whose lives were forever altered by the attacks. The human stories are presented with a raw Read more…
Damon and a guest who survived the destruction of the North Tower at the World Trade Center will join Premiere Radio Networks for a national radio tour scheduled for Friday morning, 9/9/11. Time slots are as follows:
Take a look by visiting http://towerstories.org/.
Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11
was recently mentioned in The New York Times on Friday, August 26, 2011 (“Stories of 9/11 and its Aftermath” by Sam Roberts) as one of eleven books which the Times called “heart-breaking reminiscences by New Yorkers who survived the attack and then endured a decade of denial, doubt, and rebuilding.” Read more…
Friendgrief.com is a website devoted to the exploration of grief, the grieving process, and the healing we hope takes place after losing a loved one. Author and website founder, Victoria Noe, asked Damon to write a guest blog which (he is honored to say) will appear this 9/11/11 as part of Victoria’s excellent series of blog coverage for the 10th anniversary of September 11th.
Victoria’s blog schedule includes:
9/7 â€“ Preserving Stories
9/8 â€“ Tourism and Souvenirs, 9/11-style
9/9 â€“ The Guys Read more…