One of My Favorite Clowns

A legendary figure from my high-school days … Larry “Bud” Melman, a giant from the glory days of David Letterman … has passed on.

I don’t know that I’ve ever laughed harder than when Melman, dressed as Roy Orbison, sang “Blue Bayou.” He stood there, without fear, pretended to play a guitar, and sang. But it was the strangest thing, as if he’d never held a guitar before… he strummed the neck of the guitar and didn’t know what to do with his other hand.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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