Category: On Writing

  • Writing in Cafes

    Writing in Cafes

    Remember writing in cafes? My own obsession began with Christine’s Cafe in Petaluma in the mid-’80s but quickly metastasized into San Anselmo’s Cafe Nuvo and finally into San Francisco’s North Beach. This is where my cohorts and I vainly searched for traces of the Beats, who, by the early ’90s, were so heavily productized and […]

  • How to Write Your Pandemic Movie

    How to Write Your Pandemic Movie

    Fresh from my gig as the editor of the North Bay Bohemian, here’s a bit from my Press Pass column for screenwriters and those who love them. Why wait for the inevitable pandemic movie deluge when you can script your very own COVID-19 horror film right now? Every filmmaker worth a roll of gaffer’s tape […]

  • Are You a Poly-Hyphenate too?

    Are You a Poly-Hyphenate too?

    To the uninitiated, the term “poly-hyphenate” could sound like an alternative lifestyle or a James Bond villainess. For many, it’s how we describe our careers. I’m a “this-that-and-the-other,” is not uncommon to hear when people discuss their lines of work. Many creative people pastiche a living from a potpourri of jobs and positions. Consider Hollywood, […]

  • To James Joyce: A Bloomsday Apology

    To James Joyce: A Bloomsday Apology

    Dear James Joyce – It being Bloomsday and all, I just wanted to apologize for not having finished reading Ulysses. Again. I know, I know, this is totally ridiculous, not least of which because my own mother named me for one of your major characters…

  • 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 […]

  • Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed?

    Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed?

    April 23rd marks William Shakespeare’s 423rd bday. For the sake of this chat, however, let’s just say it’s his 4-20th birthday. Because the question of the day is “Did Shakespeare smoke weed?” Doobie, or not doobie? That is the question asked by anthropologist Francis Thackeray.