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Lost & Found Pages

When I lived in Los Angeles, I would frequently discover stray screenplay pages littering the streets. I saved them all and with my ArtsID co-host Gretchen Giles, am pleased to present a staged reading of these pages, complete with cast and soundtrack provided by the fine folks of KRCB 91 FM, Cotati, CA. Since I…

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Why We Write: From Bylines to Blue Streaks

Last year, a colleague of mine at the Future Journalism Project (a collective of reporters, editors and documentarians exploring “disruption, opportunity and innovation in journalism”) received a reader query that asked: “What is it about journalism that you love? Why did you become a journalist?” The FJP’s brain-trust, Michael Cervieri, turned the question over to…

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You Are Not an Also-Ran

The dictionary app on my phone has a word of the day. Today, it’s “also-ran.” What a way to start the day. The app might as well have offered up “existential crisis” or “loser” instead of playing cute with the sports vernacular. Ever since HAL in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” there’s been a pervasive notion…

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Jonathan Lethem on Being Outre

This seriocomic quote from Jonathan Lethem, author of Men and Cartoons and The Fortress of Solitude, succinctly sums up the pervasive sense of outsider-ness many creative types of my generation (x) experience to this day: “Listen, you can’t imagine what a freak I was. I worked in used bookstores as a teenager. I grew up…

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Winter Moth

At first I thought it was a typo, or dyslexia, or a poorly rendered statement of the obvious – it is December, after all. And though “winter month” did somehow make sense, “winter moth” is what I actually read. Having learned up on it, I decided that the winter moth will be my “totem animal”…

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NaNoWrimo: I Just Finished Writing a Novel

I just finished writing a novel. Of the books I’ve written, this was definitely the most pleasurable experience not least of which because it was brief. Novel-writing is one of the few phenomenon that’s actually more enjoyable the quicker it goes. Tequila is like that too, I suppose. If I hadn’t inflamed my liver last…