Author Revealed

About Stephen Alcorn

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/28

Q. Previous occupations

A. I have always been a visual artist. In recent years I have also become a (working) musician and songwriter... and author. The two disciplines have proven mutually beneficial, and complementary.

Q. Favorite job

A. That of visual artist, musician and singer/songwriter, as they are the only ones I have ever really known.

Q. High school and/or college

A. Istituto Statale d'Arte (Florence, Italy); The Cooper Union (New York, New York)

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I do not have a single favorite. Among the many musicians that come to mind: Odetta, Dylan, The Beatles, Thelonious Monk, Nick Drake.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

Q. Favorite television show

A. Six Feet Under

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. The cultivation of an ideal, one revolving around the creative arts.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth

Q. How did you come to write A Gift of Days?

A. My GIFT OF DAYS (book) project (Atheneum, 2009) is an outgrowth, and in ways fusion, of two disparate publishing endeavors of mine: 1) THE VISIONARY'S ALMANAC (a grayscale, half-page, biweekly feature that is published by MAIN STREET, a newspaper serving the Albany region). 2) A series of full-color e-mail tributes I conceived and mailed out regularly over a three year period celebrating my favorite musicians, authors, directors, philosophers, social activists and cultural icons in general. Replete with salient quotes and original portraiture, the series of e-mail installments was sent under the subject "BOOK OF DAYS".

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