March 31, 2003

It is I, Faustus. I have returned.

The talk at Columbia went smashingly, and while there are still two songs to be written for the cabaret that opens a week from tomorrow, we’ve started rehearsals and they, too, are going smashingly. So those of you who live in or around New York are invited to my show, “Spontaneous Combustion: In Which Our Heroes Realize That It’s Okay to Be a Completely Neurotic Homosexual so Long as You Don’t Run Out of Hair Product.”

Here is the relevant information:

When: Tuesday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Upstairs@Red, 356 West 44th St., between 8th and 9th
How Much: $15 cover + 2 drink minimum OR $35 prix fixe dinner and show
Tickets: call SmartTix at 212.868.4444 or go to

I promise the show will be very funny and entertaining. Plus, if you are reading this and think you might want to date me but aren’t sure because you have no idea what I look like, this is your chance to find out from the relative safety of anonymity.

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9 Responses to It is I, Faustus. I

  1. Isaac says:

    I’ve hesitated to write this, but I’ve got to ask. Is there a reason that your blog links are slightly out of order? It struck me as so completely unlike you that I’ve second- and third-guessed myself on this. But I’m pretty sure that “Wandering Thoughts” should follow “Virtual Machine.”

  2. Isaac says:

    Whoops. I meant “Virtual Hookup,” not “Virtual Machine.”

  3. Todd says:

    What a great way to get dates AND have them pay for the privilege. 😉

  4. Tin Man says:

    Awesome! And welcome back! We missed you.

    So, I have a question about capitalizing words in titles. Basically, it’s the “Be” that threw me off, because it’s a two-letter word, but it’s capitalized. Is the rule “capitalize all words of at least five letters, and as for words of fewer than five letters, capitalize only the prepositions”? Do I have that right? I can’t remember.

    Again, welcome back.

  5. And Faustus is adorable…you just want to put him in your pocket and take him home…now if your show wasn’t on nights when I had rugby practice…. 🙁

  6. Isaac, the reason that my blog links are were slightly out of order is that I wasn’t paying attention. They’re long overdue for an update in any case, since I have several pages to add to them.

    (I was going to make the change surreptitiously and then make a comment to the effect that I didn’t know what you were talking about, and Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia, but my Blogger template seems to be inaccessible at the moment, so there went that plan.)

    Tin Man, my ignorance of the principles of capitalization was until quite recently one of my two flaws. Then I learned the principles, and now I have only one flaw, which is that I never know where to hyphenate words at line breaks.

    There’s actually quite a bit of flexibility in the capitalization rules. The general principle I follow is to capitalize all important words (verbs, nouns, adjectives, pronouns, etc.) no matter how many letters they contain, and all other parts of speech (prepositions, conjunctions, etc.) if they contain four or more letters. There are, however, other approaches to this that are completely acceptable.

  7. D.R. says:

    All right, you all don’t have to swoon THAT much when Faustus comes back. I mean, I tried to keep the entries up to his level of quality. And I will be at his shows, too, if anyone cares what I look like or wants to take me home in his pocket.

    Sorry, I am feeling underappreciated these days.

    As for capitalization in titles, I would say Faustus basically has it correct. The first and last word of the title should always be capitalized, no matter what their part of speech. Other important words should be capitalized no matter what their length (people usually do not capitalize “is” or “be” for some reason, even though, as verbs, they should be). Prepositions should really never be capitalized, but if you insist, you may capitalize any of five or more letters. (A case could be made for four letters, such as in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” but I don’t like it in such instances as “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Perhaps the “over” is one of those “important words.”) Lastly, articles (a, an, the) should never be capitalized unless they are the first or last word of the title or subtitle.


  8. PatCH says:

    But Faustus, how will we know it’s you? Won’t you be pissed off when the janitor and usher all get lots of phone numbers?

  9. Ah, PatCH, I forgot to mention that I am performing in the show, along with one other actor. So your choices will be whittled down to two.


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