Thursday, July 26, 2018

Derek Milman

Derek Milman has worked as a playwright, screenwriter, film school teacher, DJ, and underground humor magazine publisher. A classically trained actor, he has performed on stages across the country and appeared in numerous TV shows, commercials, and films.

Milman's newly released first novel is Scream All Night.

Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Milman's reply:
I'm reading David Sedaris' new book, Calypso. I had been reading a lot of YA recently, and some literary fiction, and I needed a change of pace. The book has Sedaris' typical droll observations on things, and some of his lines are just hilarious. I've laughed out loud a number of times. But to me this book is a little more melancholic and heavy than other works I've read by Sedaris; the stories he tells are woven together with a thicker through-line. There are darker shadows here: getting older, mortality, settling into middle age, the strain of familial relationships over time, the difficulties of romantic relationships over time, and the suicide of his sister, Tiffany, who Sedaris was estranged from. That had to be rough. He's bought a house on the Carolina coast and it just doesn't seem to be the eternal seaside daydream he had hoped. There are always cracks in every foundation, and life isn't ever what you think it will be. People change, and so do expectations. But through it all, there are always moments that crackle: laughter and love, and with age, knowing who you are to a better degree; having that wisdom to see through all the storms.
Visit Derek Milman's website.

My Book, The Movie: Scream All Night.

--Marshal Zeringue