Let me start here: I expect you to disagree with me. I expect you to argue.
I also expect that there are those out there who are rolling their eyes, thinking that I should be talking about books, not television. But the thing is, when television is done well, I love it, and television has done mystery, crime, suspense, and spy thrillers well, especially well in the last ten years.…
Posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:46am — 6 Comments
My friend Scott once said that bad poets get into language poetry so they can just write the word “duck” on a piece of paper ten times and be done with it.
I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but it feels like it.
By way of explaining, language poetry is a movement that started with poets like Gertrude Stein and took off in the 1970s and emphasizes the way words work together instead of…Continue
Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:00am
I had just finished giving a reading in Long Beach a couple of months ago and was standing a little apart from everyone. It was a hot room, and I’d been wearing a suit and speaking for a long hour, and I think people were giving me a comfortable distance because I am a sweater in the best of times. In the worst, I’m a stick of butter on a hot day.
“So you work at Mt. SAC?” someone said behind me.
I turned to find a close…Continue
Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00am — 2 Comments
Despite the fact that I post on blogs, I’m kind of a Luddite, but I have to say I love what technology is doing for our local writing communities.
It used to be that if someone without a lot of money put out a small magazine, the result they would have terrible production (which was kind of charming) and not a lot of people would know about them. I loved small magazines. It was fun to be one of the few people who read The Chiron Review or The Small…Continue
Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:00am