Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Coleman Easley
At 17, Coleman Easley triggered the alarm in his house one night and opted for the best response possible: grabbing a bat and helping his parents and police find the “intruder.” On Tuesday, December 19, Coleman takes us back to the days of sneaking out to party.
A Dallas native, Coleman Easley is new to the local storytelling scene. His experiences have been shaped by time spent in North Texas, the Mississippi delta, Austin, and New York. Some of those experiences were sought after, others were unavoidable. He is grateful to share one such experience with the Oral Fixation audience.
What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? Selfishly, I enjoy the act of storytelling, and if the story is worthy, the audience enjoys it as well. Storytelling is among the few things that can be both selfish and generous.
What is your favorite destination to visit? The desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, as imagined in the incomparable science fiction books by Frank Herbert. I’ve visited the planet in six books than span millennia, in the illustrations of Moebius, Chris Foss and H.R. Giger, and one unfortunate trip in David Lynch’s ridiculous film adaptation.
If reincarnated as an ice cream flavor, what would you be? The tub of neon blue coconut bubblegum macadamia that sits undisturbed at the end of the row. I’d live out my days chilling under the glass, confidant the cone would never come for me.
What is your favorite sound? Least favorite? Favorite – A thousand cicadas singing in harmony. Least – A single cicada’s asynchronous chirping.
What’s your favorite word? Bonanza. Call the number on your screen in the next two minutes to take advantage of this nose hair trimmer savings bonanza!
What do you want to be when you grow up? Tired, healthy, content, and finally allowed to put my elbows on the table.
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Hans Moleman. His comedic timing is perfect and brief, irregular appearances keep it novel.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade? A Confederacy of Dunces. Books are not typically funny; this one will have you laughing out loud. Very unusual.
Sneak Peek: “Our whole house was instantly screaming like baby, the type of siren that starts in a low baritone and quickly climbs the scale to an ear-piercing-laser-note before pausing to repeat. Of all possible outcomes I’d considered, this was not one of them.”