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 it says in the blog's title. I've told you that; been upfront about it. I hate the game (baseball too). Slow (and ridiculous) is the only speed I am willing to play it.
Slow Pitch, or When You Hate the Game But Must Play It
by Geoffrey Allison || SIXSTRINGcpa
Parodying the movie pitch and Media-Entertainment Complex: a beast arguably as culturally damaging as its sibling-monster, the Military-Industrial Complex.