Norman Ball is a poet, playwright, essayist and musician residing in Virginia. A featured poet on Prairie Home Companion, his poems and essays have appeared in Light Quarterly, The Raintown Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Epicenter, Oxford Magazine, The Cumberland Poetry Review, 14 by 14, Rattle, Liberty, The Hypertexts, Main Street Rag, The New Renaissance, The Scotsman, The London Times among dozens of others. His essay collections, How Can We Make Your Power More Comfortable? (2010) and The Frantic Force (2011), both widely available on the web, are published by Del Sol Press and Petroglyph Books, respectively. His recent play SIDES: A Civil War Musical (Inspired by The Red Badge of Courage) is currently being produced for TV by Last Tango Productions, LLC.
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A Civil War Compendium
Here is a new way to experience one of America's most enduring novels The Red Badge of Courage through words, music, song and essay. The Stephen Crane novel appears here accompanied by Norman Ball's brand new musical SIDES: A Civil War Musical (Inspired by TRBOC) and Richard Stafford's true-to-life play Yours. Various historians add fascinating commentary. Don't miss this fabulous collection.
Between River and Rock: How I Resolved Television in Six Easy Payments
Drenched in gallows humor, Between River and Rock (How I Resolved Television in Six Easy Payments) is Norman Ball’s scathing report of TV’s—and the Internet’s—insidious impact on the American psyche. Yes, our endless gazing at telescreens has been mocked, scorned and rebuked before but never with such soul-force and literary panache. Before reading Norman Ball, please extinguish all devices.
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