The Oregonian runs an AP profile of Portlander Marc Acito, author of How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater.
For Acito, who also writes a humor column syndicated in gay publications nationwide, the book is the product of a life spent scribbling in journals while trying to claw his way up the ladder of stage success.
Although his father paid for college, Acito was kicked out of Carnegie Mellon’s theater program because of, he says, “artistic differences I thought I had talent and they didn’t think so.”
Acito also proves that you can open up a Fast Signs franchise, make sales calls, run the store, and still write a novel. And it doesn’t hurt if fellow Portlander Chuck Palahniuk recommends you to his agent.