When I first met Don Beukes in 2015 via social media, we became fast friends because I could sense in him a deep appreciation for the art of poetry, and, truly, for language in all its myriad forms of expression. Being multilingual, Beukes has an intuitive understanding of how the written word can cross all borders and boundaries to speak directly between souls.
“Can we even call it writing these days? When I first started I was a ‘writer’ in that I would fill notebook after notebook up with pencil scribbles. Now, I can hardly write legible cursive. No, these days it should be called typing or word processing. No one writes longhand, and if they do it has to be because they don’t have access to a processor.”
“My artwork is a release, it is emotional expression, it is relaxation. I’m not sure that if I tried to sell my art whether I would continue to find the joy that I do in my work, but who knows what the future holds.”
“All that in mind, I think a lot might be gleaned from that tradition’s successes in generating audience, and how it might be applied to today’s declining readership. Here, it’s well worth noting that street papers-vended by the unhoused and economically vulnerable in many cities across the U.S. — are sort of post-modern cousins to broadside ballads.”
Best world’s galleries. Newest trends. How does the international art market work? We had a pleasure to interview the world-renowned artist, whose paintings are being sold in prestigious galleries around the world.
“We tend to use the terminology ‘Satan’ or ‘Satanic activity’ as code for anything which is against societal norms. ‘Satan’ could be Gozer, or Odin, or Zeus, or Kali, or Allah… Anything Un-American.”
“This is part of my man on the street series usually reserved for men and or women of merit in and around the greater Nashville Metropolitan area. Today I am talking to a legend… a myth rather… an out and out outlaw.”
“it just occurred to me that even though I live in ‘Music City U.S.A.’ I have brought you very little in the world of music. Almost everyone in this city either is directly involved in some way or knows someone who is. We all have demo albums and we all play guitar. In fact many national acts will not come play our town because Nashville audiences are notoriously hard to impress. Half the people in the crowd can pick up any instrument on stage and give a comparable performance.”
Over the past decade he has quickly drawn a very respectable cult followings on the internet with his snarky, yet informative travel vlogs.
“Think of a producer as an odds maker in a sports betting pool. It’s our job to take a property, figure out which assets can be attached to it and for how much — assets like stars, director, writer, etc.”
“So you can imagine my surprise and delight when I learned I was going to be able to sit down and palaver with an actual Hollywood film producer.”
Spun Counterguy (Moonpie Fatfoot) lives in Nashville Tennessee with his new wife and his old banjo. In addition to his writing he spins as a remarkable DJ when his assorted odd jobs don’t get in the way. His book, “Patches of a Second Hand Planet: Vol. 1″ is available now on Amazon.
Glen Thackery Attended Vanderbilt university from 8-2009 to 5-2013 where he majored in political science. He currently works as an aid to Tennessee State Representative Chuck Fleishmann.
“I now find myself, a devout atheist, sitting across from a demure red haired woman who has at one point devoted her life to the service of Christ.”
Dr. Richard A. Cuss graduated from Cornell University in 1984. He currently teaches physics at Reinhardt University in Waleska, GA when he isn’t predicting the end of the world or playing with his cat, Mr. Pickles.
“Money goes just as fast as it comes. Most nights we go out drinking afterwards. Gotta keep the party going.”