Jenny Jamora sat me down to an interview last Saturday afternoon for an episode of her Talking Parts series of podcasts (“Conversations with the creative forces in Philippine arts”).
I think I barely survived the hot seat. I was rambling on and on for about two hours. Good thing Jenny is an expert editor, because the finished podcast sounds surprisingly tight and coherent. Also, she had me squirming when she sprang a surprise on me--the first time a “Listener Questions” portion was being incorporated into the podcast. Whew.
But it was great fun. I'm hardly asked these questions--not in ordinary chit-chats, anyway, so it was a chance to explain my work as a journalist covering theater and the arts, my thoughts about the art form and the industry, my blog, my writing regimen, my, ahem, “qualifications” to pass judgment on what I see on stage. Did I say I was squirming all throughout? Payback time for the cranky professional kibitzer, haha.
You may listen to the podcast below. Or, you may download it here, so you can listen to our chat on your iPod while you're negotiating the treadmill. On second thought, scratch that. You might keel over instead.
Thanks to Jenny, to listeners who sent in their questions (anonymous or otherwise), to people I namedropped shamelessly during the conversation, and to all those who'll listen in.
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(ERRATUM: I messed up my dates! Listening again to the podcast I realized with horror that I'd been saying “1993” or “1995” when I had meant a full decade later--2003 and 2005. Very sorry about that. The other inaccurate numbers--like Jenny saying in the intro that I've been reviewing theater for 15 years--all derived from that mistake. No, only for about five. Not her fault; all mine. Mea maxima culpa. Worse, it made me sound much, much older than my 37 years, aargh. This is what I get for hating Math in school. Sorry again for the absent-minded but huge mistake.)