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Maiello and Orion On Writing, Snowden and German Electro

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Michael Maiello interview each other and we're doing so again this month. Check it out, people.

Questions for Orion:

Without getting into what you're writing with your book, how is the process treating you?  You just crossed fifty pages in short order.  Are you particularly inspired right now?  If so, what's that like?

Without going in to too great of detail about it, last year I saw a girl who was really involved in Unificationism, a Christian sect that started in South Korea and has influence here. The details of all that wouldn't be appropriate to talk about here but she opened me up to a religious world that got some new and fresh ideas going on in my head. I am really, really excited. I have someone helping me edit it, giving me new thoughts and telling me whether or not I have messed up. I have people who'd like to be part of it and a social world that could help get it published. I have wanted to do this for a long time and it won't happen unless I do it myself and take advantage of the opportunities that I have.
It's a challenge. Ideas come by but, since it's non-fiction, those ideas only end up being a page of work. I suppose something like a book about the future of Christianity should be around 200 pages at least. I still have a ways to go.
I have started and just am keeping going. That's how you actually end up with a finished product. We'll see what happens to the book when I'm done with it.


Edward Snowden had a great Times op-ed this week and, you know... I think it's just reasonable to say that whatever objections people have to how he did what he did that he is a real whistleblower.  What should the government do about him?  Leave him in exile?  Actively try to bring him back and prosecute him? Pardon him?

Honestly, I don't know. I haven't followed it all an awful lot. Heh - a lot of the information was stuff we have a right to know about it but people are genuinely right in saying this is a dangerous world and things can happen if the wrong information ends up public.

What's your song of summer?  (I haven't picked yet).

De/vision - Try to forget. I like German electro a lot, what can I say?

Questions for Maiello

I saw that your play was received in LA Weekly. Is this exciting for you? It's a venue I haven't seen you in before.

I've been a playwright for a long time but anything I have produced is always exciting.  The Eclectic Company Theatre of Los Angeles seems like a great bunch.  Their set and costume designs are wonderful.

How do you like being a playwright?


I love it, especially when I can be in the audience and watch people react to the work.  You don't get that in other kinds of writing.  Of course, it can backfire, but it's a huge perk to me.

Besides your play "Looking Through The Glass," what projects are you working on?

I am rewriting a play called Troy! Troy! Troy! that reimagines the Trojan War.  Menelaus, Agamemnon and Odysseus have defeated Troy but are having trouble imposing peace on the conquered population.  Also, they can't find Helen of Troy, who seems to have never been there. Might the Greeks have acted on faulty intelligence?


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