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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory: Conclusion (Monti GrandSLAM Story Video)

| April 8, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally finished my multi-part story of high school band geekdom that began as an audio podcast (Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 1) that never got finished because I started intensive chemo for my cancer. Last night I got to finally put an ending on this story, […]

I Won a Monti Story Slam!

| September 22, 2010

Last night, in my second appearance as a storyteller at The Monti Story Slam, a regular live storytelling event here in Durham, NC, my story “The Bus, the Bench, and the Chamber of Doom” was judged best story of the evening! I want to personally thank Monti founder Jeff Polish, his wife, and his small […]

Podcast #6: Geeks, Nerds and Cockroaches

| August 10, 2010

A brief hiatus from our story of high school band guts and glory, in which our hero sacrifices himself for science to become the Jane Goodall of the geek/nerd kingdom, if only for four days.

Podcast #5: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 3

| July 18, 2010

In Part 3 of this story, we follow our hero back into the murky recesses of the school band farm team system, where his fate is about to be decided without his knowledge, as is the wont of fates. Listen to Part 1 of this story | Listen to Part 2 of this story Listen […]

Podcast #4: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 2

| July 13, 2010

In Part 2 of this story, our hero finds marching band as a secure, if only seasonal, safe haven in the social storms of high school. His contentment only lasts until he hears of a further Promised Land just over the horizon. It’s a story of how a marching band geek became a rock star, […]

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