I watch Stone House Revival for the same reason folks once read Playboy. (Hint: it has nothing to do with the articles.) Jeff Devlin and his team display beauty. I don't always like the design choices but I always find old stone houses interesting, if not appealing, and appreciate the expert craftsmanship of the team. The other night I was watching a couple of episodes. And multitasking. I was doing internet research for a story and plugging various words into an online dictionary hoping I might commit one or two to my long-term memory. Anyway, one thing led to another and I discovered that David DuBos is bringing a great story to life: the publishing journey of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces. The novel is on The List. I have not read the book yet. Yikes! I know, right? I know the plot and even more about the publishing journey from reading various books about publishing or the craft of writing that mention Toole's efforts. (Another hint: It is a fascinating tale. I am avoiding specifics here with intention. Go research. Be alive, you! Or wait for DuBos' film--Butterfly in the Typewriter— to come out and discover the story that way. It appears the release was scheduled for 2018; however, the project appears to be in pre-production, as far as I can tell. I assume the project remains viable—still greenlit—but do not know for certain.) Anyway, I spent a little time researching DuBos' film and learned Nick Offerman is to play a part.
And therein lies the inspiration for the slow pitch, mistah and missus TV executive persons.
I know Nick is a craftsman in his own right. He should appear in the occasional Stone House Revival episode, or in a spinoff. If it's a spinoff, Jeff and team remain, just add Nick. Think interludes, offering subtle humor — him philosophizing while planing lumber. Don't get me wrong. I want in on this action, too — FFS, it's my idea after all. I imagine myself standing alongside Offerman, trying to learn from him. I am dangerous with power tools and need proper instruction. (That's truth there, that is.) But mostly I just stand around bothering the crew and eat pudding. Each episode a different type of pudding. Tapioca episode: where I try to tuck point an old fireplace with gelatinous ricey goodness. Butterscotch episode: where I don't realize I am too close to Nick sanding a tabletop and fine sawdust blows into my pudding cup and is camouflaged by the caramel coloring and I eat it because I'm clueless and not at all paying attention. (Does Offerman know? Does he see it, and not tell me?)
Anyway, this is slow pitch, like I said. I told you that. I hate the game (baseball too). This is the only speed I am willing to play it.
Slow Pitch, or When You Hate the Game But Must Play It
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