Archive for April 2013

Mediocrity on the Second Day

Tuesdays eluded Randall. Not to say he couldn’t find Tuesdays on a calendar, or experienced six day weeks instead of seven; more that Tuesdays hid around corners and in shadows just out of his grasp. Every week, the second day was empty, a void that absorbed momentum and hope and ambition. They weren’t miserable days,... Read more »

(5) Movies I'd never have seen without Roger Ebert

EbertFest is going on RIGHT NOW, and ChicagoNow bloggers are celebrating Roger through memories and sharing their love of movies. For me, Roger Ebert was ubiquitous; he was, throughout the entirety of my life, the very model of journalistic excellence, real analysis and insight, and absolute integrity. The man had his beliefs, they were informed,... Read more »

True Tales from Interview Land: The Tiger Handler

This will easily be the longest blog entry posted to Part Time. “The Tiger Handler” is a long story I’m working on for stand up. I do a version that’s maybe six minutes on stage, and it probably needs to be four. Here’s the full, incredibly long, un-expurgated version. The story is true, certified not exaggerated... Read more »

American Exceptionalism: The Comedy Attic

This is the first in the series American Exceptionalism – portraits of exceptional individuals thriving in independent enterprise.  Intense and impatient are the words Jared Thompson uses to describe himself. “Super, super impatient,” Thompson says, “I know exactly what I want.” Jared and his wife Dayna are the owner-manager duo of a small comedy club above a... Read more »

Top 5 Web Resources for Going Indie

I think it’s most likely clear to any regular readers of Part Time that I’m working towards a goal of self-employment. After some years in corporate and traditional employment, amounting to more than a decade (a realization that instantly nauseates me), it’s obvious that self-employment is the only way to achieve the kind of balance I... Read more »