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Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Grace Zabriskie
Real People, Serious Monologue, 1 hour
Preceded by: Emerald Isle
Followed by: Islands

"We lived in the slave quarters, big house was a costume shop"

Home is the name of a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1988.

Note: A remix of this program begins with Just Hold Me, and has some material removed.


We hear from Beth, played by Grace Zabriskie. She tells about:

  • A series of photographs.
  • Her father acquires and loses a cafe; hanging out with artists and writers.
  • His crazy subsequent schemes.
  • His funeral.
  • She reflects on his disappointment in her.
  • Remembering the cafe and the French Quarter in the 40s and 50s.
  • Learning of her father's secret kindnesses after his death.


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As someone who discovered Joe Frank in the 90's, part of my problem with the older stuff is that his style hasn't evolved into the form I am so fond of: a deep, intimate-sounding voice telling bizarre and/or captivating stories over electronica loops. But by this time, his vocal delivery has evolved into a more storytelling style: it sounds like he's delivering his monologue off the top of his head, as opposed to reading from a page, and that to me is the secret sauce in his later performances.