Robert Kaplow is a writer and a teacher. In addition to his fiction, he writes satirical songs and sketches for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and Fresh Air, which he performs with his band Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters. Below is a snippet of Robert's favorite piece about his life and his writing. It was written by James Poyner and published by Salon.
The paparazzi likely will be lined up on the evening of Nov. 23 in New York, jostling each other to snag a shot of fast-rising heartthrob Zac Efron; veteran ingenue Claire Danes; director Richard Linklater; and maybe even a star in the making, Christian McKay. They all will be on the red carpet for the premiere of their latest movie, Me and Orson Welles, an offbeat romantic dramedy set in 1937 about how a New Jersey high school senior learns a thing or two about love, fame, and the hypocrisy of the real world by wrangling his way into the cast of Orson Welles' classic Broadway production of Julius Caesar.
But the paparazzi may well miss getting a shot of a slightly rumpled, gangly guy arriving at the festivities in his 2005 Honda Accord. Reminding you a little of a dark-haired Jimmy Stewart, that will be Robert Kaplow, a Summit High School English teacher for nearly 30 years who wrote the novel upon which the movie is based. The story of how Kaplow, 55, got to rub elbows with movie stars illustrates what can happen when an ounce or two of luck is mixed with a pound of perseverance.