Happy Leap Day!

It’s Leap Day. A freebie. Why is my phone ringing so much today? Just when I think I’m going to get something done, someone else walks into my office with a computer cradled in their arms like a baby; they come to ask the doctor for help. Sometimes I can’t help but just roll my ...

Charles Bukowski, deux

I’m sitting at home watching American Idol. It’s rather boring, actually, and the only reason I’m watching is for the women. Some of them are pretty hot, actually. Sad that this is where my life is. My wife is in the other room trying to catch up on sleep and I’m finishing a big bottle ...

Charles Bukowski’s LA Bungalow

Charles Bukowski's LA Bungalow
So the little town of L.A., known, among other things, for embracing both high- and low-brow cultural icons, is set to save the home of a writer who himself embraced both of these worlds. More the latter than the former perhaps. Charles Bukowski wrote Post Office, about his time as a postal worker, as well ...

Gory and Delicious

I haven’t seen very many professional productions of Shakespeare in my life. When my brother was in high school he played Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and when I was in college I played the king in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 1996 I saw Andre Braugher play Henry V in Central Park. That being ...

David Mamet

I’ve posted about David Mamet before. I was first introduced to him in History class I took my freshman year at college. The professor, a young man probably not much older than I am now, wrote a quote on the board during our midterm exam. He said we would get extra credit if we could ...

Happy Valentine’s Day

This is for all you lovers out there…

Diary of the Dead 1

I recently read a book called World War Z by Max Brooks, a novel written as news story about the aftermath of a world war against zombies. The events of the book are told by various individuals who lived through the way. They talk of how the zombie phenomenon began, how it spread, what the ...

Fan of the Erector Set

If you’ve ever played with an Erector set, or had the urge to take apart your family toaster just to see what it’s made of, this video may be for you.

Foul editing

Writing is a withering process. It builds you up, lets you rise to the top of yourself and see things inside you didn’t even know were there. The first draft is joyous. Fingers race across keys, tapping out letters, words, sentences, thoughts. Thoughts! Sometimes I return to a first draft and wonder who wrote it. ...

For all you Patriots fans

Macy’s, that venerable institution dedicated to the proposition that we are willing to pay too much for almost anything, has come up with the perfect ending to one of the most amazing football seasons in history. The Waterford Crystal XLll Super Bowl Champion Football.