3Ws – Ann Mah

Ann Mah credit Katia Grimmer-Laversanne

What do you create?

I write and I cook—both activities centered around food! I’ve written a food memoir called Mastering the Art of French Eating and a novel, Kitchen Chinese. Both books use food as a way to explore a new country. I also write food-centric travel articles and create recipes for my blog. Basically, my work is a giant excuse to travel around and eat.

 

Why do you create?

My husband is a diplomat and a month after we got married, we moved to Beijing, China. At first I was adrift—unemployed in a new place where I barely spoke the local language. But eventually I became fascinated with the regional cuisine of China and started researching and writing about it for a local expat magazine. Several years and a lot of hard work later, I’ve turned my enthusiasm into a career, writing about everything from traditional Chinese cheese, to aromatic tripe sausage in France. I love hunting down home cooks, chefs, and farmers to chat about their culinary traditions. But like most people who love to cook, I only feel like I’m doing my best work if I’m sharing it with others.

 

What do you consume?

On good days: French cheese, hot buttered toast, a big chunk of a fat novel (I just finished Life After Life and feel bereft), flamboyantly dramatic TV (like Nashville), beautiful travel photos, and red wine and massaged kale to balance out the cheese. On bad days: too much Internet, too much iced tea, frozen leftovers unidentifiable until defrosted, and/or the leftover macaroni and cheese my baby daughter is about to throw on the floor. I also love Top Chef, which can brighten any kind of day.

Links

Website: www.annmah.net
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnMahnet
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annmahauthor?filter=3
Instagram: http://instagram.com/annmahnet/

 

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3Ws – Lucas Papaelias

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What do you create?

i create theatre and music, many times simulatenously… but these days, i’ve been creatively invested the most in making roadPorn.

roadPorn is the experience of music and byway melding into one, bound by the common expression, “the journey is the destination”. LPfunK Inc., my production company, produces roadPorn music videos & simulated road-trip movies by tracing the convergence of rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic vibrations with the visual component of HD / p.o.v. scenic road footage. the result is an engaging, educational, and sensory-stimulating, kinetic viewing experience, which can induce a hypnotic and therapeutic effect on the viewer. as the speed of the footage will vary based on the soundtrack, roadPorn is akin to a simulated adventure in time-travel. for more info, check out: http://www.roadporn.net/

Why do you create?

Full participation.

when i am being creative, i feel like i am fully participating in my life. Whether it be editing a roadPorn video, or working on a new song, or in the problem-solving process of the staging or script analysis of an original theatre piece, the creative process is the ultimate participation in the experience of the things i enjoy doing the most.

i have had the good fortune of being a part of the original creative process of many new theatre pieces and on-camera productions. The film School Of Rock and the Broadway musical Once are two actor/musician-based stories that have been definitive moments of my career. The main thing i can remember feeling in common, in the making of both, was a harmony in the creative process… the elements that were brought together had the right chemistry, the right balance… even when we came upon challenges, I always had the feeling that we were doing it “right”, so to speak. i can’t say exactly why, which i guess is the point. You just know it when it is happening.

Though the traveling and shooting of the actual footage is the key element in making roadPorn, it is the editing process, when i am putting together a video, that is actually the most exciting. What i’ve noticed is that while i am editing, i have to trust the same instincts for timing and sensitivity that i use as a comic character actor. Granted, it happens in a completely different venue, without an audience (or anyone else) present, but the end goal of serving the piece, or serving the story, is the same.

What do you consume?

i consume the sunrise, documentaries, open roads… i consume New York Magazine, Grantland.com, and the NY Times. i love bacon & eggs, avocados, grapefruit, coffee… tapping into new styles of music is always inspiring. i’m not much for computer games, though i love playing Tetris on the subway on my smartphone. i love going to check out new plays and musicals. i consume the shows of the golden age of television, such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and most recently The Knick, a show on which i play a recurring guest star role and know how the story shapes up… and yet still can’t stop watching (even after i told myself i would not watch it).

r o a d P o r n_42 Delaware Gap from LPfunK on Vimeo.

 

Links

roadPorn

Twitter: @roadPornLPfunK

Facebook: roadPorn

On the road again!

So, I am feeling better! That was not pretty. I was getting to the point where the sound of my own cough was annoying the crud out of me.
I’ve finally unpacked from my Seattle trip…so I can pack again to head to Holland, MI for a reading at Treehouse Books on Friday night. The big suitcase we took to Seattle never made it past the kitchen. Right under the toaster. We’re good like that.
Do you travel a lot? Do you have travel tips? If so, I would like to hear them. I feel like I pack too much, but not the right things, and the second I open my suitcase there’s a huge explosion of clothes everywhere. I long to be one of those super organized travelers who has everything they need and nothing more, folded neatly in perfect little compartments. I do suspect that super organized and me are not congruent terms, but I’d settle for less messy.
In Mrs. X can suck it news, The Miami Herald included STAY in their list of beach reads and said some really nice things!
And here are more amazing links:
Inside the Writer’s Cafe – Radio interview with Cheryl Nason

Bright Yellow World