Category Archives: Personal

Space Twin Powers Activated

Mitchell, Steven, Me Mitchell just unearthed this photo. I have not ever seen it. College. In a basement. A local punk band was roaring out its show about 10 feet away in a basement filled with 100 people. (I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Light Show In the Sky: Honolulu

Sitting on my balcony, trying to get past my vertigo. Correcting the first batch of reviews that will go up on the Hawaii International Film Festival blog. We had our first class yesterday and it’s such a great group. I … Continue reading

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Aloha from Honolulu

I’m here in Honolulu to teach a workshop for the Ebert Young Writers Program for the Arts, a part of the Hawaii International Film Festival. I’ve never been to Hawaii so it’s already been a pleasure. I spent an hour … Continue reading

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Halloween-Costumes-Through-the-Years Montage

In honor of Halloween, these are the photos that exist. I do remember other costumes but I lack evidence. The first Halloween costume in the recorded history of my life shows me as a witch with a bright blonde plastic … Continue reading

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On This Day: October 27, 2004

And nothing was the same ever again. Here is a beautiful essay by my brother Brendan about the family tradition of the Red Sox, as embodied by my crazy godfather, Uncle Jimmy. My stomach still clenches in anxiety when I … Continue reading

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“What If Elvis Had Lived?” My entry in Annie West’s What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been

My copy of What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been, edited and illustrated by Sligo illustrator Annie West, arrived a couple of days ago and what a gorgeous and funny book it is, and I’m not just saying … Continue reading

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Hope’s Presidential Portrait

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Warmonger O’Malley Cousins: Text Exchange Last Night

Kerry: Can you recommend a book about the siege of Leningrad? Sheila: Shut up!! Last week I Googled “good books about Leningrad.” I am not kidding. Kerry: OMG Sheila: It’s a gap in my Warmonger Knowledge. I’m pretty sure there’s … Continue reading

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My Kind of Breakfast Joint

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How It Went Down, Or: As I Remember It: Two Separate Things Became One Thing.

Preamble I was diagnosed bipolar in February of 2013, after months of first being in a manic state, before moving into a period of rapid cycling. I had no sense of how dangerous it was because I have lived this … Continue reading

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