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David Pellicane the writer of the essay My Eleven Minutes of Fame on the Open Mike worked as a high school English teacher at an American-style school in Damascus Syria For most of his life he had also been an amateur musician in his free time - amateur in every sense of the word He couldnt play guitar exceptionally well he had only written a few original songs and his audience had only ever consisted of college friends his students or his wife Nevertheless he had always possessed a desire to share his talents with others to claim his fifteen minutes of fame as Andy Warhol put it Davids opportunity came in the form of a small coffee shop in Vermont - The Radio Bean His friend hosted an open mike night at this quirky provincial establishment In this eccentric little coffee shop he found a chance to express himself He went into the shop with preconceived notions about the performers hed meet there - he expected them to be members of an amateur freak show He supposed the place would be full of strange mediocre performers - pompous poets who took themselves too seriously hippies singing about forgotten governmental grievances and old men playing rusty tunes on instruments that belonged in museums These modest visions are what gave David the courage to perform he might possibly look good in front of the backdrop of his supposed freaks At least he envisioned they wouldnt make him look bad Once he arrived at The Radio Bean on the night of his debut though he realized that his foresight had been incorrect What he found as he walked through the doors was not a congregation of freaks but a gathering of talented artists His emcee friend Rob opened the night up with a few well played Tom Petty covers and was followed by other gifted people - a singer with a beautiful voice like one of the
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