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Salinger 'n' `Survivor'; that's just how he rolls

September 24, 2006

Los Angeles playwright and TV writer Del Shores launched his theatrical career in the late 1980s, mining his roots as a closeted gay Southern Baptist from Texas to create such cult comedies as "The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife," "Southern Baptist Sissies," "Sordid Lives" and "Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?)" The latter two were made into independent films starring Beau Bridges.

His plays "Sordid Lives" and "Southern Baptist Sissies" are on a national tour starring Leslie Jordan, Delta Burke and Dale Dickey ("My Name Is Earl"), and a "Sordid Lives" sitcom is among four original series currently in development at Logo, the gay and lesbian cable TV network. Shores gave Lynne Heffley this glimpse of how he consumes culture.

TiVo PICKS

"Designing Women" reruns (love Miss Delta!), "My Name Is Earl," "Desperate Housewives," "Project Runway," "Inside the Actors Studio," "Entourage," anything with Ryan Gosling or Jared Leto -- they are on my Wish List.

ON THE iPOD

"One" -- Mary J. Blige & Bono, "Ain't No Other Man" -- Christina Aguilera. Lots of vintage Olivia Newton-John, Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway," independent artist Levi Kreis' CD "One of the Ones" and everything by Debby Holiday.

FOR THE COMMUTE

"Dreamgirls" and "Chicago."

IN THE NETFLIX QUEUE

Holly Hunter movies, "Sex and the City" (all seasons), "Tennessee Williams Film Collection."

BEDSTAND LIBRARY

"Nine Stories" by J.D. Salinger, "Eudora Welty: A Biography" by Suzanne Marrs, "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris and always a Tennessee Williams play.

TOP INTERNET DESTINATIONS

myspace.com (it's addicting!), google.com, imdb.com and

seasonofshores.com (of course!).

CULTURAL ADDICTION

Theater.

GUILTY PLEASURES

"Survivor," "Celebrity Fit Club," Friday nights at Fubar dancing and watching the go-go boys, and hanging out at the Grove with my husband and daughters.

SECRET WEAPON FOR NAVIGATING THE CULTURE

Laughter.

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