Recent Reviews for Timothy V. Richardson
Ceremony of Innocence (Book) - 7/17/2009 11:25:43 AM|
An intensely gripping drama played out in tormenting circumstances. The voices twisting every thought in Wamblie’s head making you feel compassion for his poor soul while supporting his decision to continue searching for light at the end of his tunnel. At times you can relate to his experiences with amazing commonality, putting your own sanity in question.
This fascinating read reveals the inner workings of a man telling his story as only a madman can, bringing insight to a terrifying illness. Timothy Victor Richardson has made it possible to see the world through the mind of a schizophrenic. A real experience.
Ceremony of Innocence (Book) - 1/20/2009 11:08:33 AM
The subtitle of Ceremony of Innocence is “Concerto for Voice and Voices.” If Richardson did not have such an amazing mastery of the cadences and rhythms of the English language, reading this book would not be anywhere near as disturbing as it is. But he has captured the feel of this internal monologue (dialogue?) of apparent schizophrenia with disquieting accuracy. Being inside his antihero Wamblie’s head is no picnic for the reader, no easy read. Richardson asks more questions than he answers. And he raises issues about mental health and cultural norms that affect all of us in one way or another, regardless of how close to the sanity/insanity line we think we walk.
Ceremony of Innocence (Book) - 11/21/2008 11:54:37 AM
This book is no small achievement. Its style of interior monologue is the closest this reviewer has ever gotten to insanity in the printed word. Its artfully crafted ramblings contain a tension and a rhythm that seek to duplicate music.
But there is much more to this book than verbal and philosophical gymnastics, however dazzling. The book poses serious questions: Is the main character sane or insane? Do we really know what sanity is and, if so, do we know how to measure it?
Morning Song - a Child's Story for Adults on CD (Short Story) - 3/29/2010 3:56:35 PM
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at a boy’s summer camp, listen to this. Morning Song is the hilariously traumatic experience of a boy’s first time away from home at an all-boys camp. Brilliantly written by Timothy Richardson and superbly performed by Jeff Flint, using the voice of an excitable 5-year-old, this story examines the total emotional fluctuations of the young boy’s four-week exposure. His Kindergarten-style ramblings reveal his perspective on his relationship to the older kids, that do their own experimenting with that “funny feeling” in the bathroom where the stalls have no doors, and his counselor’s drill sergeant-style of discipline. He is part of the Guppies and it is clear he is seeing many things for the first time. He examines the naked lady pictures over his counselor’s bunk and knows Mom would not be happy if she knew. He endures a drunken counselor terrorizing the entire bunkhouse with a machete. He observes ridicule, teasing, and fighting, then finds his escape spending time with the horses. He has an uncaring father who is certain he is telling tall tales to get attention, when all he wants is to be believed, yet he can’t wait to get home and ride his bike and never go back to camp again. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be horrified at what goes on at a boys summer camp. Listen for yourself.
The Force of Poetry is available on DVD (Poetry) - 4/15/2010 3:26:35 PM
This DVD from Timothy Richardson presents poetry instruction in a conversational style that is easy to understand.. He covers the overall importance of art and poetry and the affect art has on every generation. Tim gives examples of the triggers that give him inspiration for his poetry. He discusses rhyme and meter using examples from his collection of poems in “Afflicted Love”. He taps out the meter on a drum pad so you immediately know what he’s talking about. Each poetic style is accompanied with visualizations from some of his work with highlighted text of the key words. Tim explains the different pentameters and talks about style used by some of the great poets of the past.
The poetry Tim selected for this DVD is emotional and a great selection from his work. His poignant description of a struggling dog in “A Country Dog” touches your heart. “On November 22nd”, reflects on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. “Wrongful Life” tells of Johnny Cochran’s frustration with the legal system, and “Pearl Harbor” focuses on the men trapped beneath the sea in the Arizona after the bombing, just to name a few.
This program is wonderfully produced, filmed, and edited by Toni Seger who had the foresight to include the visual references of Tim’s work.
This would be an excellent DVD for a literature class or a poetry club meeting.
From the Dance (Poetry) - 11/29/2008 9:28:35 AM
Lovely writing dear man...be well and always safe...Hugsssss