Category Archives: Personal

The First Glimpse of The Guy Who Started It All

Age 13. Babysitting. Up later than I normally would be. East of Eden was on late-night television. I had never seen it. I don’t even know that I was aware of who James Dean was. And certainly not Elia Kazan. … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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Chicago Re-Cap

In these horribly stressful times, personal, political, cultural, every-fucking-where, a re-commitment to personal relationships feels like a necessity. I flew out to Chicago this weekend to surprise my friend Mitchell, showing up unannounced at his show (which he created himself: … Continue reading

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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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