How does where you live influence who/what you write about and how you go about doing it?
I like writing about San Francisco. There is so much going on here when it comes to art, theater, music and politics. I am not a very political person, so I write about things that interest me, like doing restaurant reviews, sports stories and articles about dogs, which is another one of my interests.
Your Broowaha logo, is there a story behind it?
I have changed my Broowaha logo several times. The photo I have now is
one that I found online. It’s a little dog dressed up like Batman. I
love dogs, as I mentioned, and Batman has always been my favorite
superhero and I liked the photo. I will probably change it again soon.
I see you like writing about sports - when did that start? What is the favorite story you ever wrote about on this topic.
I have been a sportswriter during different times in my career. I write high school sports currently for a paper called Section Sports. I also have a baseball history web site called www.thisgreatgame.com. I am a baseball historian and I’ve interviewed approximately 40 retired former major league players. I love hearing their stories. I also have a sports blog called www.sportsonthestreet.blogspot.com. The best story I’ve done on sports for Broo has to be the one about college football called “The BCS is BS.” Digidave linked it up to some sites and it got a ton of hits and a lot of Broosters commented on it. That was my favorite, I guess, because it got so many responses and hits.
You also are a comedian. How does that influence what you write at Broowaha?
I did standup for 12 years, and got to work with people like Rob Schneider, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and the late great Sam Kinison. After a while I burned out on it. I got tired of being on the road and getting heckled by drunks. One time I performed at a school for the deaf and they heckled me in sign. One guy told me after seeing my act that he was happy he couldn’t hear. Then, another time I was performing in Fresno and these three drunken hicks who looked like ZZ Top started heckling me. I said, “Hey, what are you guys doing here? No more rats to shoot down at the dump?” They got mad and were waiting outside the club after the gig. They wanted to kick my ass. The local cops had to escort me to my hotel. I decided to quit that night. Now I write jokes for other comics, including Mickey Joseph and Roger Henson, two fairly well-known comedians.
In the time you've been part of Broowaha, how have you grown as a writer or interviewer? Maybe you can tell us about your first article, your favorite article to write and your most recent.
BrooWaha is really an extension of my blog, www.edattanasio.blogspot.com.
Many years ago, I realized that if I wanted to be a professional
writer, I had to write for myself. If I can ever parlay it into getting
paid (which I have, in some cases) that’s cool. But, the main thing is
to just keep writing. BrooWaha is great because you can write about
anything you want. When you work for a publication, they assign you
articles, and you have to write about things that might not interest
you, in many cases. With Broo, you pick the topics and so it’s less
work and more fun. Then, once you get positive responses from fellow
Broo-sters (or negative ones) it makes it even more interesting. I have
heard some writers complain they’re not getting paid for their writing
(we even had one writer go on strike, which I frankly thought was kind
of silly). But, BrooWaha doesn’t ask for exclusive rights to any of the
articles, so you’re free to sell them elsewhere. It’s a great forum to
get feedback and exposure and hone your writing skills.
If you could get could write about anyone or any situation, what would it be?
like to interview dead people, like Jim Morrison, Gandhi, Jesus Christ,
Andy Warhol, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Hunter S. Thompson, Walt Disney, Janis
Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Vincent Van Gogh and John Holmes.
What artist (musician, author, painter etc) inspires you?
See above. As far as living people go, I really love Counting Crows, R. Crumb, Howard Stern, Beetlejuice, Eric the Midget and a comedian named Jim Gaffigan.
Of our topics (city life, night life, culture, sports, etc) what is your favorite? Is there a reason why you tend to write/read more articles in that section?
I write a lot in the Culture section, because many of the things I write fit better in that slot than any other. My restaurant reviews, celebrity-bashing pieces and entertainment-related stuff all fit into this category.
If I could change anything BrooWaha, I would make two suggestions:
1.) Possibly offer a few more categories, like Film, Food, Music and Art.
2.) Allow writers to edit their articles once they’ve been published. No matter how carefully I proofread my stuff, I hate it when I see my article published and then notice errors/typos I didn’t catch originally. I had one real bad one recently in a restaurant review I did, when the word “duck confit” was embarrassingly misspelled as “dick confit.”