Lit Game

As Terry Southern put it, “The Quality Lit Game.”

  • Sept. 23: Autumn Ode

    Sept. 23: Autumn Ode

    What’s in a name? Autumnal Equinox, to my ears: hot buttered rum then a horse smashing stained glass. Onomatopoeia, synesthesia?  A Mary Poppins duet? The Latin antecedent is “aequinoctium” a.k.a. “equal night”  followed by “sequel night” or Nextnoctium a sleep aid For procrastinators. If we were stamping passports Some say the Autumnal Equinox arrives the Friday…

  • If you’re going to shoot at an elephant…

    If you’re going to shoot at an elephant…

    Gary Larson’s One-panel Master Class in Narrative Of those of us who came of age in the 80s, many are fans of Gary Larson’s The Far Side — the irreverent, nerdy, sadly extinct, single-panel cartoon that anthropomorphized cows (and their tools), brought beehive hair-dos back to national consciousness and gave us “Anatidaephobia: The fear that somewhere, somehow, a…

  • Atomic Angst

    Atomic Angst

    ‘Oppenheimering’ old wounds Nearly two decades ago, I somehow convinced my filmmaking pal, Abe Levy, to accompany me on a drive across the American southwest through the endless ribbon of mirages known as Interstate 40 until we reached the White Sands Missile Base in Socorro, New Mexico. This was not our final destination but an…

  • The Expatriate Rabbit Hole

    The Expatriate Rabbit Hole

    Featuring Hemingway, Banana Republic, The Moderns and Related Mischief Come with me, Dear Reader, into this warren of personal rabbit holes whose “ambient influence” has shaped some of my development as an artist. It starts here: The Banana Republic Catalog No. 32, Summer 1987 — themed on “Expatriates.” This arrived at my parent’s home on Hill Drive…

  • Bohemian Spring Lit: Burn After Reading

    Bohemian Spring Lit: Burn After Reading

    Every now and again, we find a way to make the newspaper gig a little more enjoyable — hence the North Bay Bohemian’s Spring Lit 2023 fiction edition. Below is my flash-fiction introduction. After all, there was only one J-school grad among us. The rest of the Press Club were English majors with exotic emphases like…

  • Sterling Lord, Agent Provocateur

    Sterling Lord, Agent Provocateur

    Not only was the recently passed Sterling Lord the literary agent of Jack Kerouac, he had, as New York Times writer David Margolick observed, a “perfect moniker. “What was your name before you changed it?” a friend once asked Sterling Lord. When a book he had handled came out in Portuguese, an unwitting translator rendered…

  • Poet Michael Giotis Shares New Collection ‘Daybreak’

    Poet Michael Giotis Shares New Collection ‘Daybreak’

    Petaluma, CA-based poet Michael Giotis will read selections of his upcoming poetry collection, Daybreak, a collection of 40 poems that represent a snapshot of the author wrestling with existential quandaries and the vagaries of love in the postmodern era. Daybreak will be released on August 24, 2019, by Petaluma-based FMRL (a sister site of Icarian…

  • A Lost Interview with the Late Anthony Bourdain

    A Lost Interview with the Late Anthony Bourdain

    A previously unpublished interview with the remarkable Anthony Bourdain, who is probably the only man who ever uttered: “Dishwashing saved my life.” He will be missed.

  • Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures

    Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures

    As far as literary bedfellows are concerned, the Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton make for an odd pair. With a gulf of 72 years separating the former’s death and the latter’s birth, they might’ve twisted a shared tongue with their work — both were French — but there was to be no bed between…