Category Archives: Prose

Review of Virtuoso

“But I see my mind’s asleep. Were it to remain wide awake from this point on, we should quickly arrive at the truth, which may well be all around us now (its angels weeping)!” — Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell … Continue reading

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Bag o’ Rags Resurrected

On the next-to-last day of our campaign, we are proud to present an exclusive musical introduction to Adam Swanson playing the 1912 tune, “Bag o’ Rags” (composed by W.C. McKanlass), which was the theme song of the Keystone Kops. Troy … Continue reading

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The Dance

Our actors, Clint Murphy and Rita O’ Connell, received choice tutelage from choreographer, dancer and director of the Academy of Performing Arts, Miss Amber Vasquez. If you are someone who is interested in and engaged by process, and watching moving … Continue reading

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Way Out West

We are thrilled to announce that Adam Swanson, one of the world’s foremost vintage performers of American popular music, including ragtime and early jazz, will be contributing his musical talents to our film, Ballad of the Cuckoos. Adam, who is … Continue reading

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Cuckoos in Toyland

When you’ve grown up, my dears, And are as old as I, You’ll often ponder on the years That roll so swiftly by, my dears, That roll so swiftly by. And all the many lands You will have journeyed through … Continue reading

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The Jackdaw and The Doll

A work in progress street scene from “The Jackdaw and the Doll,” a fable I wrote inspired by a story about Franz Kafka. The book is being illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama, as her artistry interprets and realizes a world of … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Dollhouse

Ballad of the Cuckoos is offering an intimate sneak-peek into “the room” in which our protagonists find themselves trapped. This small-scale model of the “Cuckoos Nest,” was created by my daughter, Sierra-Lindsey Biscello, who has been buiding custom-made dollhouses from … Continue reading

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Stills from the Cuckoo Coop

Behind the scenes with “James” and “Marilyn.” Film stills from our Cuckoo rehearsal, improv playtime, and dance lessons. To find out more about our cinematic mission, or to become a supporter, click here.

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Cuckoo Rising

Greetings, soul-folks, and much love as we groove into the creatively charged and spiritually Roaring 20s! I am thrilled to announce that our crowdsourcing campaign for Ballad of the Cuckoos has officially launched, beneath the gilded magic of tonight’s full moon … Continue reading

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Present Musings

Houses of a Crystal Muse, featuring the poetry of John Biscello and Antoinette Nora Claypoole, and images by Issa De Nicola and Anthony Distefano, is now available in two editions: black and white and full color, with alternate covers. Purchase here. … Continue reading

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