Intro from Jay Allison: Andy Raskin left his CEO job at his dotcom, and now he's taking a chance on telling some radio stories. This is his first. It's about his friendship with Hollister, a street person who introduces Andy to the conceptual delicacy, Turkey Tail, and other lessons.
This piece is matched, under the heading "Two Encounters," with Paul McCarthy's "Conversation on Duke Street."
Notes From Andy Raskin
This is the first audio piece I’ve produced. I almost did not produce it for fear it would be seen as exploiting my subject, a man who panhandles on my street in San Francisco. Then I heard Carol Wasserman’s “Love Letter” on Transom. By the time I got to the words “There is nothing wrong with you at all, except that you had not yet told your stories,” I was crying. And I decided to go ahead, because I realized I was in love with this story and wanted to tell it, and I’d leave the judging about exploitation to others.
Judge not, act in love.
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When I played this piece for my grandfather, he told me that one of my great uncles had a Jewish deli in Brooklyn and that their specialty was turkey tail. “People would line up around the block,” my grandfather says. “He barbecued it, on a skewer. We used to call it ‘the part that goes over the fence last.'” Fences, henhouses. Anyway, it turns out I’ve got turkey tail in my blood…
My equipment was a portable Sony MD recorder (MZ-R70) and a Sony ECM-MS907 mic. I recorded the narration in my closet, and uploaded the audio to ProTools Free. My computer is an older Pentium II, so memory gets screwy every 5-10 edits and I have to close and re-open the program, but I’m down to about only one system crash an hour. Living in San Francisco is nice because I was able to pick up a Sony PCM R500 DAT deck and better mic cheap when an audio dot-com (Redband) went out of business. I’ll be using those in the future.
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