Monday, October 02, 2006

Ready For My Close-Up

Back in March, just after Mom's Cancer was released, I was interviewed on the KTVU (Oakland, California) program "Mornings on 2," a fine news and chat show hosted by Ross McGowan. Although it's an old interview, I've just now acquired the technology and skills to upload video to YouTube and thought I'd post it here as my first experiment.

I cringe at how I look, talk, move, gesture, dart my beady eyes, and everything else. All I see is a giant goober, but people I trust who don't live in my head tell me it's fine. Or at least accurate. Enjoy.

6 comments:

Jan said...

I think you came across well in the interview. I just review your wonderful book in my comics blog. I was probably the first one in Sweden to write about it from what I can tell by googling on the cancer. Here is what it looks like: www.kulturstress.blogspot.com

It's in Swedish though, but I recommend it highly, and I wish you get at Swedish publisher soon!

Jan said...

Arrghh, I just saw a bunch of mistakes: of course I reviewed you book, I'm picky about tense. Also, I googled the title, not cancer. Moreover, I don't recommend my blog highly, I recommmend your book highly on my blog. I am after all an English teacher, my students would have killed me had they read the first entry.

Well, well, it's getting late in Scandinavia...

R said...

Goober...But hey, you're on YouTube now...weird...
:)

Brian Fies said...

Jan, thanks so much. Your English is so superior to my Swedish (by approximately infinity percent) that no corrections or apologies are necessary. I do not believe we have spoken to any Scandanavian publishers yet, but international sales are not my area of expertise (my publisher has those rights). I will ask.

R., aren't you supposed to be doing homework or digging up ancient ruins or something? You know, if you're not nice to me I can put *you* on YouTube, too. Heh heh.

ronnie said...

You did better than fine, you did great... 'cause you picked up your cues. (Examples: He brings up sitting for 3 hours waiting with someone in chemo, you segue into it being the genesis of the book; he mentions Mom passing away recently, you segue into how involved she was with the process before that happened.)

Having taken media training and worked in media, I'm painfully aware how hard it is to "be there" while you're being interviewed, actually hearing what the other person is saying, much less picking up on and responding to cues. I personally am (in spite of the training) usually having an out-of-body experience while being interviewed on behalf of my NGO.

If I'd interviewed you back in my college radio days I'd have considered you a great interview for that reason alone, let alone the fact that you come off as compassionate and interesting (and, hey, where do I get that guy's book?)

ronnie

patricia said...

You were FABULOUS!!

Why am I commenting at such a late date? Because it is only now that I am able to view the video. Up until tonight I was still stuck in OS 9.2-land. But on Saturday my computer died, so I got a whole new system, and now I can view so many wonderful things!

Way to go, Goober!