Monday, February 22, 2016

Phil Fragasso Stranded on a desert island

Please welcome Phil Fragasso, author of Still Counting, as he tackles our Desert Island Interview!

About Phil:

I sold my first article at the age of 16. Since then I have written and published a wide variety of books, articles and essays.

After 25 years as an executive in the financial services industry - and a dozen more years split between the high-tech industry and the public sector - I left to pursue endeavors that were more fulfilling personally and more contributory on a societal level. Today I focus my time on writing and teaching.

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Phil Fragasso Stranded on a Desert Island

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

 The One-Volume Columbia Encyclopedia.  There are many books I could re-read multiple times, but not continuously. The Columbia book could keep me interested for weeks and probably stimulate a lot of story ideas.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?

Assuming a Lear jet or helicopter was out of the question, I’d probably opt for a Bose music system loaded with my entire music library. I can cope with most anything with Springsteen and Dylan playing in the background.

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

Fishing pole and tackle. I’ve always loved fishing and stranded on an island I could entertain myself and fill my belly at the same time.

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

Depends on circumstances. Was I planning to be stranded? If so, I could probably go a month. If unplanned, I’d enjoy it for a week at most. I’m actually comfortable being alone. I did a major rewrite of Still Counting in Seville, Spain by myself. I was teaching at Boston College and went there for a week during spring break while my wife had to stay home and work.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

That would have to be my wife because it’s likely she’ll read this. If it couldn’t be someone that predictable, probably Jon Stewart. He’d challenge my thinking and make me laugh in the process.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

 My iPad. It combines a laptop, phone, TV, stereo system, library, notepad, and movie screen into one compact package.

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

That’s a no-brainer: ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

 I’m not a particularly handy guy so I wouldn’t be building a raft or canoe. I’d probably try to survive by fishing and crabbing. I tend to feel like “I’m starving” if I go a couple of hours without eating – so I’d probably start whining within the first day.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

After kissing/hugging my wife and kids, I’d go to Regina’s in Boston’s North End for a large pepperoni pizza.

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

“There’s gotta be a book in this!”

Still Counting

A young couple (Adam and Nina) share an immediate and powerful connection to each other. Nina sees life in a 1000 shades of gray, while Adam tends towards black-and-white. Their conflict – and the resulting damage to their relationship – revolves around Nina’s bisexuality. Adam somehow equates bisexuality to promiscuity and feels he now has to compete not just with other men but also with every other woman in their circle of friends and colleagues. Nina wants trust, but Adam delivers irrational jealousy.

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  1. Good morning and thank you for hosting this leg of the tour. Please let me know if you have any additional questions -- even non-desert-island ones -- and I;ll get right back to you



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