I’ve been neck-deep in backlogged day-job work, but I wanted to bring you up to speed on a couple of other Soap-related encounters we had during our few days in Los Angeles.
We met Soap‘s Sal Viscuso at a favorite restaurant of his for an early lunch, along with Book Soup’s Amelia Cone, shortly before we left LA. We had all seen Sal a few days before in A Steady Rain at the Odyssey Theatre in West Hollywood (more on that performance later in the week).
When Sal is in his element, he is like a force of nature – when he’s talking to you he is talking to you, as if there isn’t another person on the planet he cares more about at that moment. This manner instantly strikes you as surprising not so much because you don’t expect it, but because you suddenly wonder why we all don’t make each other feel that way.
It is an intensity that he uses to amazing ends in A Steady Rain – a refocusing of all his personal passions, enthusiasms and sense of right and wrong that normally bubble just beneath the surface. I think Pamela and I both learned a great deal about the creative process just by watching him on stage and off.
Katherine Helmond & David Christian
Katherine Helmond and her husband, David Christian, had intended to be at the Book Soup signing, but they were detained out-of-town until the evening after. However, they graciously invited Pamela and I to their home, which we visited on Monday morning shortly before we met up with Sal and Amelia.
The couple were extremely kind and we seemed to discuss everything under the sun – Pamela and Katherine seemed to bond particularly over their love for their strong grandmothers, and their own shared love of animals. David, an amazing artist across a number of mediums (a small bronze work he made in his early 20s was particularly impressive), has a sharp intellect cushioned by an innate affability.
(Pamela and I both wanted to get a picture with the couple, but individually decided while we were there that it would feel like we were invading their privacy somehow since we were at their home.)
Those few days in LA were like a dream for both of us. We really want you all to know how much we appreciate the enthusiasm you’ve shown for the book, which convinced us to go out there in the first place. Thank you for that.